Feel awful for Driskel, but the good news for Gator fans is that Tyler Murphy was very impressive. In my view, the offense looked better than it has since early last season under Murphy. And our defense looked awesome again
The second Jeff Driskel started waving for help, Florida coach Will Muschamp knew it was bad.
It turned out to be the worst-case scenario.
Driskel broke his lower right leg Saturday in the first quarter of the 19th-ranked Gators’ 31-17 victory over Tennessee, a season-ending injury that thrust seldom-used backup Tyler Murphyonto the field for the most significant action of his four-year career.
Murphy responded better than anyone could have realistically expected.
He had a 52-yard touchdown throw to Solomon Patton, a swing pass that went the distance, and made several huge plays with his legs as Florida (2-1, 1-0 SEC) won its ninth consecutive game in the series.
But a funny thing happened when Murphy, a former two-star recruit who owned few college offers during his senior year of high school, took the field: The offense actually went forward. There were some hiccups and gaffes along the way, but Murphy was able to lead the Gators to 17 straight first-half points in Florida’s 31-17 win over the Vols.
He threw for 134 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 84 yards and another score. After a mostly laughable first half filled with turnovers and head-scratchers from both teams, Murphy looked poised and controlled in his first career win.
“It wasn’t the way I wanted it, but an opportunity is an opportunity,” said Murphy, who was a very late addition to Urban Meyer’s 2010 recruiting class.
MurphyMania? We will see