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Tag:Erik Murphy
Posted on: December 5, 2011 5:06 pm

Florida expects Erik Murphy back for 'Zona game

By Matt Norlander

After initially indicating it would be "pushing it" to have junior forward Erik Murphy back for his team's Wednesday game against Arizona, Florida head coach Bill Donovan said Murphy is good to go.

The news was first reported by the Associated Press.

Murphy sustained a torn meniscus in his right knee in practice Nov. 24, and missed games against Jacksonville, Stetson and No. 3 Syracuse.

Donovan says Murphy worked out Sunday and felt fine after running. He says Murphy will have limited contact in practice Monday and Tuesday, adding that a setback is the only thing that would prevent Murphy from playing against the Wildcats.

So the possibility remains Murphy still won't play against 6-2 Arizona. The Gators are 5-2, coming off a close loss on the road to Syracuse Friday night. Murphy is big to Florida's system because he's a 6-10 guy who can step out and shoot; he's a matchup problem for a lot of teams, and with him on the floor, the Gators are much more dynamic.

Murphy missed the team's previous three games with a right-knee injury. He is averaging 10 points and four rebounds per game this season.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:22 am
Edited on: November 30, 2011 11:25 am

Florida's Murphy won't need surgery on knee

By Jeff Goodman

Erik Murphy could be back within the week.

Florida's junior forward won't need surgery on his knee, according to Gators coach Billy Donovan, after it was determined that there was no further damage to his meniscus from an injury he sustained back in high school.

"The meniscus tear was from when he hurt it his sophomore year in high school," Donovan told "It looks like this was just a bone bruise."

The 6-foot-10 Murphy, who started the first four games and averaged 10 points per contest, injured the knee in practice last week and missed wins against Jacksonville and Stetson.

Will Yeguete started in Murphy's place and averaged nine points and 10 boards in the two games.

"We're hoping to have him back in a week to 10 days," Donovan said.

Florida plays at Syracuse Friday. There's a chance Murphy could play against Arizona on Dec. 7 in Gainesville.

Posted on: September 8, 2011 5:19 pm

Florida's Erik Murphy reinstated after suspension

By Jeff Borzello

Florida head coach Billy Donovan announced on Thursday that junior forward Erik Murphy has been reinstated to the team.

Murphy – and teammate Cody Larson – had been suspended since April 12 after they were arrested for allegedly trying to break into a car after leaving a bar. They were charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass, to which Murphy pleaded guilty. His plea deal included 50 hours of community service, a substance abuse program, and $440 in restitution.

“Erik Murphy has serviced his punishment,” Donovan said in a statement. “We’re all disappointed with what transpired, but there’s no question Erik learned a great deal through the whole process and understands what a great opportunity and privilege it is to play college basketball.”

Larson is still suspended from the team; he pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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