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Published: Tuesday, Oct. 8 2013 9:05 a.m. MDT

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Awful news! Get better soon, Jake.


That is a major bummer. If it does end up being season-ending, the even worse news is that, if I'm not mistaken, he's just past the deadline for a medical hardship on the year.

Orem, UT

Sorry to hear about Jake; hope he can make a full recovery.

San Diego, CA

He would still be eligible for a medical redshirt, he is past the the time for a regular redshirt. Has he already used one before or after his mission??? Best of luck to you Jake. Grew up idolizing your dad as he played in my hometown of Greenwood!

Go Utes!
Springville, UT

Get well soon Jake.

Where is Hadley?
Salt Lake, UT

USNGary, why would he be eligible for a medical redshirt?

North Logan, UT

Sorry to hear about Jake's injury. He is an excellent tight end. Wish him the best and a quick and complete recovery.


USNGary, no, he wouldn't. Medical hardships require that the athlete has not played after the first third of a season's competitions. This was Utah's fifth of twelve games. If you'll remember back to the 2011 season, Jordan Wynn was injured for the remainder of the season in the 4th game against Washington, and received a medical hardship. Keith McGill was injured early on in the subsequent game against Arizona State, and was not eligible to receive a hardship.

Plano, TX

Best of luck to you Jake. I grew up idolizing your mom Nancy when she was an outstanding cheerleader at BYU ! I guess Dale was OK in the NL too. :)

Highland, UT

That is certainly a bummer for jake, I hate to see anyone injured.

A couple of things about it. I do not think he can get a medical redshirt at this point, utah is to far into its season and he has played in every game. I also don't know that this will be all that big a deal for utah, he was averaging 2 catches for about 30 yds and 1/5th of a td per game. I think utah can find that same level of production out of someone else.

Reno Cougs Fan 68
Reno, NV

Too bad!!! He will be sorely missed by the boys in red!!! Hope you have a speedy recovery!!!

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

We can play with broken legs.

West Jordan, Utah

Jake Murphy and Kenneth Scott out really hampers the offense. Dres is not as huge a deep threat without Scott and Murphy demanding opposing defenses to play the possession guys across the field.

Samurai Jake
Salt Lake City, UT

Here's to a speedy recovery, Jake! Thanks for all your hard work in the trenches. We'll be looking forward to the return of your outstanding play, Murph Dogg! And here's to Kenneth Scott as well. Hate seeing two of our studs get hurt, especially this early in the season.

Ed Grady
Idaho Falls, ID

"Whittingham will just comment on season-ending injuries at this point..."

Unless his "star" quarterback suddenly develops color-blindness and throws a half-dozen picks in one game. Then he's more than happy to talk his quarterback's ailment.

Las Vegas, NV

Huge bummer. Take care of yourself, Jake, and come back healthy.

Duckhunter - he may not have had a lot of receptions or TDs so far, but he is a TE, not a WR and he is big in the trenches. He is an excellent blocker. And the threat of his pass-catching abilities make him a double threat for defenses. Utah can put in Siale for his pass-catching abilities, or someone else who can block well, but Utah doesn't have someone who can do both equally well as Jake can, IMHO, while Tonga is out.

Down under
Salt Lake City, UT

Too bad for Jake. Get well soon.
I hear the excuses already warming up for yet another 5-7 season.

San Diego, CA

You can apply for a medical redshirt at any time. the first third of the season is for regular redshirts, for example BYU's running back Michael Alisa is sitting out the rest of the season to redshirt. Had he played in the Utah State game, he would not be eligible for straight up redshirt. The requirement is that it happens during the first HALF of the season, not first quarter. Since he has only played 5 games, he is eligible for a medical hardship!


USNGary, I competed in NCAA athletics. I've worked in NCAA athletics for more than 4 years. You're free to believe whatever you want to make up on the topic, but what I'm telling you is the truth.

An athlete has the option of using a REDSHIRT, provided he/she has not already used one in that specific sport, provided he/she does not see ANY time in a competition that season. Jeff Call's report that Alisa has a "redshirt" available was a misnomer. Because he only competed in the first four games, he is eligible to apply for a medical hardship, but the moment he came into the game at Virginia he was disqualified himself for a redshirt this year. I'm pretty sure he hasn't redshirted yet, so in the event that he is granted a medical hardship and still is not ready to play at the start of next season, he could take his redshirt season in 2014 and be eligible to play his senior season in 2015.

San Diego, CA

I too played college sports and participated during a season and still had redshirted.

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