12/30/2013 - Jake Murphy Announces He Will Declare for NFL Draft...Utah tight end Jake Murphy announced today that he will forego his senior season to enter the NFL draft. The 6-foot-4, 252-pound Murphy played in eight games for the Utes in 2013, catching 25 passes for 417 yards (16.7 average) and five touchdowns.
"After a lot of heartfelt thought and consideration, I have decided to forego my senior year at the University of Utah and enter the NFL draft this spring," said Murphy. "This has been a really tough decision for me to make and one that I do not take lightly. In the end, I had to make the choice that was best for my family--my wife and my daughter. Although I will miss playing college football, I am very confident in my abilities and ready to pursue my dream of playing in the NFL. I am so grateful for the time I have spent here and the many people who have supported me both on and off the field. I am grateful to Coach Whittingham and his staff for all they have done for me, as well as all of my teammates. I will watch their future success with much excitement and pride. No matter where life takes me, I will always feel privileged to be a part of this great Ute family."
The 24-year-old junior from Alpine, Utah (American Fork High) lettered three seasons for the Utes after redshirting in 2010. He was honorable mention all-Pac-12 as a sophomore and was named to the John Mackey preseason watch list entering his junior season. - Utah football
10/03/2013 - TE Jake Murphy left the BYU game with an undisclosed injury but will be ready to play against UCLA on Oct. 3. - The Sports Xchange
08/13/2013 - TOP UTAH PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. TE Jake Murphy (6-4, 252, 4.87)*...Despite starting just five games for the Utes last season, Murphy earned honorable mention all-conference accolades and the expectation in Salt Lake City is that he's on the precipice of a breakout junior campaign. Murphy's 33 grabs last year were good for second on the team. He finished with 349 yards on the season and led the Utes with four touchdown receptions.
While sporting the broad-shouldered, well-built frame normally associated with this position, Murphy does not consistently play with the power his build suggests. He is a willing blocker but often lined up on the wing as a "move" tight end, taking advantage of his quickness. Murphy's quickness off the snap and flexibility in avoiding the jam when releasing into routes makes him an effective security blanket. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/13/2013 - TOP UTAH PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. TE Jake Murphy (6-4, 252, 4.87)*...He possesses soft hands with good hand-eye coordination to make catches outside of his frame and good concentration to make the contested grab with defenders surrounding him. Like many Utah players, Murphy is an older prospect. He'll turn 23 in September after serving a church mission in Sydney, Australia and Boston, Mass. He boasts impressive athletic bloodlines, as his father, Dale Murphy was a six-time National League all-star in Major League Baseball and his brother, Shawn, played at Utah State and spent some time with the Denver Broncos. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
07/17/2013 - 2013 MACKEY AWARD WATCH LIST: Jake Murphy, Utah...Murphy, who was an honorable mention all-Pac-12 selection last season, led Utah with four touchdown catches. He was second on the team in receptions (33) and third in receiving yards (349). - Utah football