Jake Murphy's decision to turn pro certainly is a blow for Utah's offense. As coach Kyle Whittingham said in his statement, Murphy was both a talented player and leader for the Utes.
So just how big of a blow is this going to be for the Utes? I'd say it could be a bigger deal for the Utes from the leadership standpoint more than anything else, particularly if quarterback Travis Wilson can't return.
If the Utes have to start a new quarterback, it would have helped tremendously to have Murphy in the lineup, a guy known for his competitive demeanor and strong will. He is the kind of guy players can look to in the huddle when they need a big play and he'll say, "I got this."<