Overview
Louis Murphy Jr. is a wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders, who selected him with the 124th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Murphy played four seasons for the Florida Gators, during which he was part of two national championship teams. Murphy is 6-feet, 2-inches tall and weighs 202 pounds.
Prep Career
Murphy played high school football, basketball and track at Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg, FL. After playing quarterback in a wing-T offense as a junior, he moved to wide receiver as a senior. Scout.com ranked him as the No. 49 wide receiver prospect in the class of 2005, and signed with Florida after also making official visits to Maryland and NC State.
College Career
Murphy played sparingly during his first two seasons at Florida, catching just two passes in 23 games of action. As a junior, Murphy moved into the starting lineup, making 10 starts in 13 games. He finished third among Florida players with 37 receptions and 548 receiving yards. As a senior, Murphy led Florida's national championship team with 655 receiving yards, and matched Percy Harvin for the team lead with seven receiving touchdowns. He caught at least one pass in every game for the second straight season, and capped off his career by scoring the opening touchdown 58 seconds into the 2009 BCS National Championship Game against Oklahoma. Murphy also ran for the University of Florida track team during the 2008 season.
NFL Career
Murphy was selected in the fourth round (124th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. Before the 2009 season, Murphy signed a four-year/$2.2M contract with Oakland. Murphy quickly established himself as one of the Raiders top receivers, putting up better numbers than first-round pick Darrius Heyward-Bey. Murphy caught a 56-yard touchdown pass in his NFL debut against the San Diego Chargers. In Week 11, his only catch was a 29-yard touchdown, helping the Raiders upset the Cincinnati Bengals.
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