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Utah football: Murphy opts to turn pro early

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  • G-Day-M8 WVC, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 2:41 p.m.

    The wisest move Jake could make considering the trend of Utah Football. Wishing him all the best and a high draft pick.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 2:42 p.m.

    Good decision. School will always be there.

    the Pac 12 University of Utah Utes just continue to dominate in sending guys to the NFL compared to the local WAC programs.

    And yes, you'd better believe that recruits know which schools are having multiple guys drafted year after year after year. And which schools aren't.

    Go UTES

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 2:48 p.m.

    It'll be funny to see byu fans comments any minute now about wanting to leave the Utah trainwreck(the same trainwreck that owns byu) of football program.

    Go ahead byu fans, say it.

    And while you're at it, how about you give us a list of byu alum playing in the NFL and a list of Utah alum.

    And just to be clear, by playing I mean actually playing.

    With Van Noy you guys might go all the way up from 2 to 3.

    Go UTES!

  • Flames6 North Salt Lake, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 2:50 p.m.

    And the misery continues for the Utes. Its misery of their own doing and at least part of it is due to the success of the program since 93. Moving on to the PAC12 is a success story but with growing pains. Another sub par recruiting year looks to doom the team to another tough year given that they will once again play the #1 schedule in D1. They are close, but close isn't going to cut it any more. The Utes had three PAC - worthy athletes on the field this year and all three are leaving. I hope the cupboard isn't as bare as it looks.

  • Truthfully Eagle Mountain, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 2:50 p.m.

    I am betting that he doesn't think Utah is going to have a better season next year and that he won't improve his draft stock by staying. I think he has been told he will be drafted if he declares and doesn't want to chance more injury.
    Good luck to him.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 2:51 p.m.

    Good luck at the combine. I hope you land with the right team and have an HOF worthy career (but don't get screwed by the voters like your dad!).

  • Objectified Tooele, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 2:51 p.m.

    After looking at the tough schedule Utah has next season, combined with the fact that Utah will be acclimating to their 3rd new offensive coordinator in the past 3 seasons, it appears Murphy is probably making a wise choice.

    A year from now, Utah will be sitting on it's 3rd losing season in a row and it's 3rd year in a row of sitting home for the holidays. That wouldn't help Murphy's NFL chances at all.

    We all wish you well at the next level, Jake.

  • DraperUteFan Draper, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 2:53 p.m.

    Can't say that I blame Jake. He served a mission, so he is already more mature and has a limited NFL lifespan due to his age. Better to take the paycheck now and play as many years as he can. He could become a very nice NFL tight end with his good hands, size, and speed.

    Best of luck Jake and you will be sorely missed on a Ute team that really missed your presence the weeks you were injured.

    My personal hope is that you end up in Kansas City playing with Alex Smith. He needs some decent receivers!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 2:58 p.m.

    Ute alum in the NFL can pretty much make up an entire team at this point!

    Just another reason the 4 years Utah has won the head to head AND average star recruiting war over every team in the state.

    In fact, per Rivals, Utah's WORST recruiting year of the last 4 is better than any other school in Utah's BEST year of the last 4.

    Go Jake
    Go Utes!
    Go Pac 12

  • IHeartCollegeFootball St. George, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 3:12 p.m.

    Best of luck to Jake Murphy - hope he gets drafted and has a solid pro career. However, the DesNews writer might want to change that last paragraph. While it's true that Jake Murphy is rated 7th on that list - that list is for 2015 tight ends who are currently JUNIORS, not the 2014 overall NFL Prospect list.

    But in keeping with the local football angle, the 2014 7th=overall tight end prospect according to CBSSports.com is from Utah, he is Joe Don Duncan from Dixie State.

  • Max-was-right springville, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 3:50 p.m.

    I guess the thought of playing for a door mat three years in a row was to much to handle. Or could not going to a bowl game for the third straight year be the reason?

  • defibman Syracuse, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 3:53 p.m.

    I guess he saw the handwriting on the wall and thought that three years in a row of not going bowling and playing for a team that could not find their way out of the basement of the conference of chumps. I really don't think that Jake will make any noise, if any in the NFL. He is a middle of the road player on a basement dwelling team.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 3:58 p.m.

    Congratulations to yet another Utah Ute who will be drafted in the NFL.

    Its amazing how much Utah dominates the local non-power conference programs in getting guys drafted.

    And yes, recruits know, and they care

    Its not a coincidence that Utah has won the recruiting war over the local non-power conference schools ever year for the last 4 years, both in terms of head to head AND average stars.

    Its a cycle that usually just repeats: Utah gets better players because these players see Utah sanding more guys to the NFL. Then, Utah sends more guys to the NFL because we have better players.

    Well done Jake, thanks for your hard work.

    He lives right on and off the field, and doesn't even need to tell us he's doing so. Thats' what makes the University of Utah such a special place.

    Go utes!
    Go Jake!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 4:01 p.m.

    Nice to have the Murphy family firmly as Ute fans!

    Just another example of families who were strong fans of other teams, only to realize Utah is a better choice.

    Go Utes!

  • ute alumni SLC, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 4:06 p.m.

    and leave the pac 10.2? unbelievable, but good luck.

  • Kralon HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
    Dec. 27, 2013 4:12 p.m.

    Probably the right move for Jake because of his age and family. As long as he gets on a team I think he will be able to prove himself if he can stay injury free long enough. If not there is always that Communications degree (he can quickly finish) and broadcasting. The Utes will miss him, but thanks and good luck to him and his family!

  • Joe Schmoe Orem, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 4:12 p.m.

    Murphy never really wanted to be at Utah anyway. He is smart to get out of Dodge while the getting is good. Yet another offensive coordinator is taking over and from what I see, the new guy doesn't value tight ends much.

    Best of luck in the NFL.

  • PAC12Fan South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 4:15 p.m.

    Class act! Good luck Jake.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Dec. 27, 2013 5:44 p.m.

    Good Luck to Jake.

    I wish he was staying, but, at least Tonga got a year of eligibility left. Should be some good competition between Moeai, Fakailoatonga, Reese, and Handley for the 2nd spot. If Shultz commits to Utah, that will make a serious battle for pt.

    Go Utes!!

  • Lifelong Republican Orem, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 6:07 p.m.

    I echo Chris B's 2nd comment about Utah being a train wreck. Murphy just showed the NFL teams that he has a good head on his shoulders by getting off the wreck before next year when they won't go to a bowl game yet again and will have yet another losing season.

    Best of luck to Murphy.

    I wonder who will be the O coordinator after this one? Too bad Utah isn't a destination school for coaches. The carousel will continue to spin up on the hill.

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 7:39 p.m.

    Given that the Utes' only bowl game each and every year is in Provo... It is a good time for athletes to get off of the hill.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 7:46 p.m.

    Bummer. I expected him to submit paperwork to see his grade, but I think he could improve his stock a lot more next year. Good luck, though, I'll always be a Jake Murphy fan, even if I think this is a small mistake for him, as well as a big loss for the team.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 9:30 p.m.

    He's not forgoing another season with the utes, he's forgoing another post season without a bowl game! Smart move by Murphy, look for others to do the same. Get while the gettin is good!

  • Reno Cougs Fan 68 Reno, NV
    Dec. 27, 2013 9:28 p.m.

    Good luck and many happy years in the NFL!!! Good to see despite protests by Chris B and others they still use BYU as the bar to compare where the Utes stand!!! Onward and Upward but always with an eye on Provo!!!

    Go Cougs Rise Up!!!

  • GoRed WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 11:44 p.m.

    To the rude byu fans: How many guys does your team have in the NFL? I believe on an article published by this same Deseret News, the Utes had sent approximately 33 players to the pros, compared to BYU's 11 or 12. Utah's program is superior to the team in Provo---the numbers don't lie.

    And, yes, your team will continue to schedule weak WAC-type teams to pad its record, but it doesn't fool anyone. As evidenced by the results of the bowl game tonight against a 5-4 (in PAC12 conference) team, your team is fortunate to not be playing a PAC 12 conference schedule. If they did, you would have to get used to 3-9 or 2-10 seasons.

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 28, 2013 2:38 a.m.

    Can you blame him?

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Dec. 28, 2013 7:42 a.m.

    This is not an article about the PAC or the recruiting comparison between BYU and Utah or the number of NFL players each school has; it's an article about Jake and his decision to leave for the NFL. The obsession from some Ute commenters about BYU and the constant references to being in the PAC are tiresome. And the jabs by Cougar commenters about the state of the Ute football are for another article.

    Personally, I'm surprised by Jake's decision. I thought he had a better year as a Sophomore than a Junior. He's got good hand and runs good routes but he's undersized for an NFL TE. I think he would have been better served by coming back for his Senior year. I'll be surprised if he gets drafted. But I do wish him well. He was one of the two best players on offense for the Utes. Hopefully the Ute commenter who refers to him negatively as a "Sunday school boy" will remember the impact Jake had.

  • BYUHOCKEY American Fork, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 7:58 a.m.

    sad he left BYU to play for the U....could have made a real difference at BYU and played in more bowl games. Best of luck...

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 28, 2013 8:23 a.m.

    Re: GoRed
    You're right - BYU is lucky not to be in the PAC-12; otherwise, they would be at the bottom of the conference with the utes.

  • TheNun Granstville, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 8:53 a.m.

    at max was left,

    I think perhaps what you conveniently forget, is that the players from Utah actually have a choice to make when it comes whether to leave early, or stay another year. Not many from the blue team have that choice, as their low draft stock makes the choice for them.

    Go undrafted, or return to school...hum, I wonder what I should do?

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Dec. 28, 2013 9:11 a.m.

    JM is NFL-ready and received a high grading from the league--High 1st R Low 3rd R.

    We have a ton of great young TE-talent returning, in addition to WT....DS commit, perhaps, as well? That would be ENORMOUS for our program, but Stanford is right there w/us!

  • UteMiguel Go Utes, CA
    Dec. 28, 2013 9:39 a.m.

    Good luck, Jake. We will miss you. You are a class act and a terrific athlete.

  • byufanman west valley city, utah
    Dec. 28, 2013 10:45 a.m.

    Good luck Jake. It's been tough watching you burn my team over the years. I wish you all the best!

  • UtesBy5 Syracuse, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 11:45 a.m.

    I hate to see Jake go but I do understand. If Murphy had stayed another year he would have entered the draft at 25 years old. A 24 year old is already a red flag for NFL teams.

    To the many Utah haters, this article is about a terrific young man making a life decision. It has nothing to do with bowl games but has everything to do with a ticking NFL age clock. Isn't there something more important to post about like "blue zones" or running on the field together holding hands? Sorry big bro left you behind....

  • BlackDiamond Provo, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 12:10 p.m.

    @Chris B
    How many Utes MVP in the NFL? How many Utes coaches in the NFL? BYU have more head coach in the Pac12 than the Utes.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Dec. 28, 2013 1:16 p.m.

    Amen to CougfaninTx

  • Duckhunter SLC, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 6:00 p.m.

    It's obviously the right decision for so many reasons. Good luck.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    Dec. 28, 2013 10:13 p.m.

    Murphy made a good choice. I'm sure Dale and Nancy are happy with this guy's life in all regards. Wish Westlee a great year taking that lead TE spot next year.

  • tinplater scottsdale, AZ
    Dec. 29, 2013 9:19 a.m.

    Yikes, to listen to Chris B's comments with Utah winning the recruiting wars, and sending so many athletes to the NFL, you would think the Utes were a football power. So Chris, why has Utah failed so magnificently despite all the great athletes on their teams? Underachievers comes to my mind...

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    Dec. 30, 2013 3:05 p.m.

    Best of luck to this fine young man, with gratitude for the mark he left on the program. May you find what you're looking for in the NFL.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Dec. 31, 2013 10:33 a.m.

    What?!There are "rude" BYU fans? Say it isn't so. I'm one and I love Jake Murphy. He comes from a great family. I, and countless other BYU fans, I am sure, wish him only the best. I hope for only the very best for him and his young family.

  • Samurai Jake Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 6, 2014 5:44 p.m.

    I'm late to the posting party, but shout out to Murph Dogg! He is going to shine in the NFL. Really looking forward to draft day, Jake! Excited to see where you'll go, and can't wait to follow your successful NFL career. Thanks for all the amazing plays you made for the U!!!

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 24, 2014 10:44 a.m.

    An NFL job on 63 career college catches? Bahahah. Not gonna happen.