After a 2013 season that saw Tyler Murphy step into the starting lineup for an injured Jeff Driskel before seeing his season cut short by an injury himself, the former quarterback of the Florida Gators has announced that he will transfer to the Boston College Eagles. There, Murphy will reunite with the coach who recruited him to Florida, Steve Addazio, and have one year of eligibility left to make an impact in his college career. With the Eagles, Murphy will be in a situation to succeed and he will compete for the starting job next season for BC.
Last season, Murphy was thrust into the starting lineup and completed 112-of-185 passes for 1,216 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions. He struggled to provide much of a spark to the Florida offense as the Gators struggled to average just 18.8 points and 316.7 yards per game in 2013, both marks the worst among all SEC teams. With Will Muschamp bringing in Kurt Roper to revamp the offense in 2014, likely turning to a more pass-oriented attack next fall, Murphy decided to spend his last season somewhere new after graduating from Florida in December.
Addazio first recruited Murphy to Florida while serving as offensive coordinator for Urban Meyer. Murphy fit the type of quarterback that Addazio had found success with up to that point, a big quarterback with a good arm and above-average running ability, but didn’t quite fit the mold of the new regime. Boston College has adopted many of the power-run philosophies that Addazio implemented at Florida, but lacked a quarterback who could run the ball with Chase Rettig this season. With Rettig graduating, however, the quarterback job at BC is wide open heading into next season.
While Murphy is still rehabbing the injured shoulder that ended his 2013 season, he is fully expected to be ready to go for spring practices. He is planning on enrolling at Boston College immediately and has verbally committed to joining the team to the coaching staff. If all goes according to plan, Murphy will get into the program and the playbook to be ready to jump in this spring and fight for the starting job. If he wins it, can Murphy finally be the quarterback that Addazio recruited him to be?