The No. 20 Florida Gators‘ (2-1, 1-0) offense is bad, but Tennessee’s is worse. So bad, in fact, the Gators dropped a spot in the polls for a second straight week without losing. There has to be some reason Florida keeps inching toward the bottom 99, and it sure as heck isn’t the Gators’ defense.
Quarterback Jeff Driskel took his last snap for the Gators this season, and it wasn’t a good one. He suffered a broken leg and had an interception returned for a touchdown. It’s never easy replacing a starting QB, but based on what we’ve seen so far this year from Driskel and what we saw Saturday from backup Tyler Murphy, it might not be terrible news for Florida’s struggling offense.
Despite the loss of star defensive tackle Dominique Easley to an injury sustained in practice this week, the Gators’ defense is a well-known commodity. No one’s underestimating Florida on this side of the ball.
Where Florida goes from here will largely depend on Murphy, who completed 8-of-14 passes for 134 yards and a TD and ran 10 times for 84 yards, adding another score on the ground. Not too bad for a guy who said after the game he had all but accepted the fact he would probably never see any playing time at Florida.
How quickly things can change.
What to look for in Week 5: How will Murphy play now that he knows he’s the guy at QB? Florida doesn’t need anything flashy from its quarterback just someone who doesn’t give the ball away and is capable of making a few plays a game when needed. Murphy looked like he could bring those qualities to this team, but the jury’s still out on him. He couldn’t ask for a better opponent – Kentucky – in his first SEC start.