The Florida Gators beat the Tennessee Volunteers 31-17 on Saturday but lost starting quarterback Jeff Driskel for the season after he injured his ankle. Driskel will need surgery to repair his ankle. Normally, losing a starting quarterback would be a blow to a team but Florida will survive the loss of Driskel. In fact, they might even thrive.
Driskel was 39 of 55 passing, a respectable 70.9 completion percentage for 444 yards. However, he only had two touchdown passes to go with two interceptions. The junior quarterback struggled to get the Florida offense moving. Of course it didn’t help that his supporting cast wasn’t living up to expectations either.
The fourth year junior quarterback Tyler Murphy took over for Driskel and led Florida on five scoring drives against the Vols. Murphy went 8-for-14 for 134 yards with one touchdown pass but also had 10 rushes for 84 yards and a score.
Murphy is a much more capable quarterback with his legs and should add some life to a Florida offense in dire need of it. Murphy had never thrown a pass in his collegiate career and didn’t seem to be part of Will Muschamp’s plans moving forward as a total of five quarterbacks all were given chances ahead of Murphy.
Now, Murphy will get a chance to show what he has and if Saturday was any indication Muschamp and the rest of the The Swamp should be pleased.