Playing in the first ever meaningful action of his college career, Florida Gators quarterback Tyler Murphy performed admirably on Saturday, throwing for a touchdown and adding another on the ground as his Gators beat the Tennessee Volunteers 31-17. While many of the fans in Gainesville were probably surprised to see such a great performance from the backup quarterback, one person who wasn’t shocked was Florida coach Will Muschamp.
Here’s what Muschamp had to say on Sunday regarding Murphy’s performance:
He had a great training camp and put himself in a position to be very successful, and it certainly carried over to yesterday.
To go out there and manage our football team and be very productive, too. … look at some of those third-down situations he created with his legs and his arm. We put a lot on him. We didn’t change much with what the plan was in the run game to get in and out of the right runs vs. the right look they were giving us. He did a fabulous job (GatorsSports.com).
Murphy, of course, was thrust into the limelight due to an unfortunate injury suffered by starter Jeff Driskel. Murphy will get a chance to put his talents on display for a full game next Saturday against the Kentucky Wildcats. The Wildcats are 49th in the nation in yards per game allowed and 56th in scoring defense, so the game may provide Murphy a chance to help energize Florida’s anemic offense.