SIX BITS: Murphy, Harvin, Jenkins, Hill, Nelson

By Adam Silverstein
August 2, 2010

1 » Held out of action with the Oakland Raiders over the weekend, former Florida Gators wide receiver Louis Murphy continues to struggle to recover from a concussion he suffered during camp on Friday when he got kneed in the helmet by Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugah. He complained of a bad headache Sunday and showcased some other symptoms, leading the training staff to decide that it was best to hold him out of workouts. Murphy remains out of action and is now having trouble with sunlight, according to the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Vittorio Tafur. Head coach Tom Cable told the Associated Press that Murphy will be sitting until he passes a series of tests…something that looks to be at least a few days away.

2 » After tweaking his ankle earlier in the day, former Gators WR Percy Harvin returned to Minnesota Vikings practice on Saturday without a noticeable limp. Unfortunately, Harvin missed practice Sunday and will be absent Monday as well after learning of a death in his family. OGGOA‘s thoughts go out to Harvin during this difficult time.

3 » Florida juniors cornerback Janoris Jenkins and safety Will Hill were named to the 2010 Jim Thorpe Award preseason watch list on Monday – two of only 35 of the nation’s best defensive backs to be selected. Conspicuous by his absence once again is senior safety Ahmad Black. There is a long way to go and plenty of players will be added and removed to this list as the season progresses.

Three more BITS on Reggie Nelson, Brad Beal and Joe Haden…after the break!

4 » Safety Reggie Nelson has had a rough go of it as of late with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Sunday, things took a step in the positive direction as Nelson took over Jaguars’ training camp with an impressive showing in the Oklahoma drill (VIDEO) and two interceptions during seven-on-seven drills. “That was a little display,” Jacksonville head coach Jack Del Rio said of Nelson’s performance. “He ended the drill with a pick. He’s working hard. He’s a proud guy. He understands kind of the situation and maybe the vibe and I think he wants to rectify that, he wants to eliminate that.”

5 » Maybe he wasn’t clear enough, but five-star shooting guard Brad Beal’s (St. Louis, MO) commitment to the Gators is as solid as can be. “No, I am not [de-committing]. I hear rumors all the time,” he said. Head coach Billy Donovan and assistant coach Rob Lanier traveling to Germany to watch him compete in the 2010 FIBA event in July certainly did not hurt. “That meant a lot,” Beal told The Gainesville Sun. “That shows that they are really interested. I mean there were a lot of coaches there but just being able to see them there, that really shocked me a lot.”

6 » New Cleveland Browns rookie CB Joe Haden spoke to the Associated Press about his big money deal and the razzing it has already caused him. “Those are kind of big numbers,” he said. “It did blow my mind at first. It’s just a blessing and an honor to know that I’m getting paid to do what I love. Now I’m just trying to get on the field and make the team welcome me. I definitely felt good when I came into the locker room how everybody was saying, ’Hey, Big Money! Big Money!’ All this stuff. They’re just embracing me and have a good time.” As for hazing? “I just had to bring sunflower seeds to the meetings so far,” Haden said. “When all the boys need sunflower seeds, I’m the sunflower seed guy.”

8 Comments

  1. Gatorbuc15 says:

    Jenkins , Hill, and Black will all have great years! But why was Black left off the preaseason watch list? If their smart, they’ll add him to the list.

    Nice to see Beal reaffirm his commitment to the GATORS!

  2. TX Gator says:

    While I care nothing for pre-season lists, which are completely illogical, being that not a single snap has been played, not point scored; I will say this: Ahmad Black has been for the last 2 years, the most consistent DB on the roster and certainly the best safety.

  3. …except for Joe Haden…

  4. brlgator says:

    I still have been most impressed with Jenkins. Since he touched the Florida Field as a freshman, I have been more impressed with him then anyone else. I always felt he was better then Haden. Maybe I am completely crazy though…

  5. Wingtee says:

    That’s your opinion Adam I and a lot others agree with Tex

  6. TX Gator says:

    …that absolutely includes Joe Haden! All the money in the world, $50,000,000 specifically and $26,000.000 especially, cannot alter my opinion on this matter.

  7. Drew 4 Orange & Blue says:

    I am with Adam on this one……there is a good reason Haden is the highest we have ever had a DB go in the draft (to my knowledge)…..Black to me will always be known for his big pick against OK……but he is undersized and I am sure that is why his feedback from the NFL told him to stay in school…it’s funny because a few months ago when Black was thinking about leaving school many on here were saying he was crazy

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