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Louis Murphy
No. 18     Oakland Raiders
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: May 11, 1987 (1987-05-11) (age 22)
Place of birth: St. Petersburg, Florida
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
College: Florida
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 4 / Pick: 124
Debuted in 2009 for the Oakland Raiders
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
Receptions     34
Receiving Yards     521
Receiving TDs     4
Stats at NFL.com

Louis Murphy (born May 11, 1987 in St. Petersburg, Florida) is a wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders. Murphy played at Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg, Florida. He was ranked as the 37th best wide receiver by Rivals.com in 2005. [1] Murphy received a scholarship to the University of Florida where he did not play much during his freshman and sophomore seasons.

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Early life

Murphy played high school at Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he was a highly recruited Wide Receiver. He has earned the honor of being an Eagle Scout. He chose to go to Florida over other top Division 1 Schools[2]

College career

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2005 Season

In Murphy's Freshman year, 2005, he mostly played on Special teams.

2006 Season

Murphy like his Freshman year, didn't play much his sophomore year. However he did get his first touchdown catch and reception, against LSU from Freshman Tim Tebow [3]

2007 Season

He earned a spot on the starting roster during the Spring.[4] He became one of the top receivers on the team. After the end of the regular season, he had 36 catches for 544 yards. He also caught 5 touchdown passes, and had 1 rushing attempt for 12 yards.[5]

2008 Season

Led the team in receiving yards (655) and ranked second in receptions (38) and average receiving yards per game (46.8). Averaged 17.2 yards per catch, fourth in the SEC. Surpassed the 1,000 career-receiving yards mark with 54 yards in the victory over South Carolina. Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 27 and scored his final college TD on a 20-yard pass in the first quarter in the Gators BCS National Championship Game win. Had knee surgery following the season.[6]

NFL

Murphy was drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. He made his NFL debut on Monday Night Football against the San Diego Chargers on September 14, 2009. Murphy caught a 56 yard touchdown pass from JaMarcus Russell. In the 2009 season Murphy caught a touchdown pass that helped his team beat the Cincinnati Bengals. Murphy again led his team to a victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers by grabbing an 11-yard touchdown pass from Bruce Gradkowski with 9 seconds left in the game that put the Raiders up 27-24. [7] Greg Papa punctuated the play with the following call:

"Watkins out right singled up with Burnett, Gradkowski, they blitz Burnett, here's Gradkowski now gonna to throw for the endzone it is CAUGHT, TOUCHDOWN RRRRAID-ERS!!!! Louis Murphy in the back corner of the endzone with nine seconds to go!"

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