Gators' QB Tyler Murphy to transfer

6:12 AM, Dec 16, 2013   |    comments
Nov 9, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators quarterback Tyler Murphy (3) points and calls a play against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the first quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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GAINESVILLE -- The day after graduating from the University of Florida, Tyler Murphy told Gators coach Will Muschamp he has decided to transfer and play at another school. Connecticut could be among the schools he will look at, since that is his home state.

Murphy played in nine games this past season, taking over the starting role after Jeff Driskel suffered a broken leg. He threw for 1,216 yards and six touchdowns with five interceptions. 

While Murphy helped rally UF past Tennessee when Driskel went down, he struggled the second half of the season with a shoulder injury and missed the last three games of the year. Muschamp had told media at the end of the season that the quarterback job would be an open competition. 

Driskel hopes to be available for spring practice, as should Skyler Mornhinweg -- who started the final three games after Murphy couldn't play. But Murphy, who has one year of eligibility left, has elected to seek playing time elsewhere and should be able to play right away since he has graduated from Florida. 

The Gators finished 4-8 and without a bowl bid for the first time since NCAA sanctions in 1990.

USA TODAY

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