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Published: Friday, Dec. 27 2013 2:35 p.m. MST

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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

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.


Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

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.


North Salt Lake, UT

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.

Eagle Mountain, UT

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.

Salt Lake City, UT

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!).

Tooele, UT

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.

Draper, UT

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

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

St. George, UT

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.

springville, UT

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?

Syracuse, UT

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

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

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

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


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

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.

South Jordan, UT

Class act! Good luck Jake.

Pocatello, ID

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

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.

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