After having already lost starter Jeff Driskel for the season to a broken bone in his right leg, the Gators had to turn to Tyler Murphy, a redshirt junior who had never thrown a pass. Murphy had some moments early on, but as the competition became more difficult, Murphy really began to struggle. Then, Murphy suffered what the Gators are calling a sprained shoulder and has had trouble simply throwing in practice. He has played through the pain, but couldn’t go Saturday.
The Gators started redshirt freshman Skyler Mornhinweg instead. Mornhinweg went 10-of-13 for 107 yards, but through a costly interception late in the fourth quarter.
The pain is obviously still there for Murphy and he could miss this Saturday’s game against Georgia Southern.
“I’m still kind day-to-day … still getting treatment,” Murphy told reporters. “I’m hoping to get back out there, if not (Monday) then sometime for later on this week.”
Murphy is 112-of-185 for 1,216 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions on the season. He’s also rushed for 61 yards and three touchdowns.