Seven points. One rebound. Nine minutes.

Those aren't the numbers of a hero.

If you're looking for a hero, take a gander at Erving Walker, who scored 10 of Florida's last 12 points in Florida's 73-65 win over UCLA.

Walker ended up with 21 points and his two miraculous clutch shots will likely find a nice home among SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays this weekend.

However, one man whose contributions to Saturday's victory will be overlooked is sophomore forward Erik Murphy.

You've already seen his stats and they're forgettable.

His seven points surpass his career average of 4.4 points per game, but when looking at box score, you aren't giving Murphy's name a second glance.

And that's fitting because what impressed me most about Murphy is the kid's intangibles.

He only played nine minutes, but it was one heck of a ride for all nine of 'em.

At times he was overmatched or he was a victim of poor positioning, but the tenacity of his play and his relentless effort caught my attention.

Murphy is a fighter and it showed in Tampa.

In addition to his time against the Bruins, the Rhode Islander played 17 minutes in the Gators' 79-51 rout of UCSB, scoring seven points and grabbing two boards.

Again, his statistics have never been very eye-popping, but he's a guy who knows his role and plays his heart out.

Perhaps the biggest moment of his career thus far came midway through the second half against UCLA.

Florida big men Vernon Macklin and Patric Young had four fouls apiece and head coach Billy Donovan was forced to sit both of them.

That created quite an opportunity for Murphy as he was given the task of guarding Bruins center Joshua Smith, a 6'10" giant weighing 315 pounds.

Smith ended the day with a respectable 16 points and six rebounds, but none of that came easy for the big old man-bear--especially with Murphy guarding him.

Murphy was clearly overmatched, but he did what was asked of him and that was to stand his ground against the beastly Smith.

Murphy sweated, scratched, clawed, and persevered in the post, never allowing Smith to get comfortable or into a rhythm down the stretch.

He may not have had as flashy of a performance as the up-and-coming Young and he wasn't nearly as polished as Macklin and Alex Tyus (combined 18 points, 16 rebounds).

But for a key second-half stretch lasting about three to four minutes, Murphy was Florida's rock down low.

And who could forget that he is a big with a whole lot of touch?

After holding down the fort for the Gators' presence in the paint, Murphy finally got in on the scoring action.

His clutch three-pointer with just under six minutes to play extended Florida's lead to 61-55 and cushioned a newly-gained lead that they would not relinquish.

So, was he the hero of Saturday's victory? Of course not.

But was he vital to the Gators advancing to their first Sweet 16 since 2007? You bet.

He didn't set the world on fire, but he showed up to work, did his job, and gave his best when everyone was counting on him.

He may not be a hero, but he's one heckuva basketball player.