"I had a few nerves just like every game," said Murphy, who made his first career start last week versus Kentucky. "I was able to hand the ball off to Matt Jones and throw a swing route to get the offense going. I was then able to settle down. I felt really calm as I had the support of teammates. They made my job real easy."
Jones had a busy day against Kentucky with 31 touches for 196 total yards and a touchdown, giving him a team-high 272 rushing yards on the season. Mack Brown has also been involved in the rushing attack with 245 yards and three touchdowns, although he averages just 3.8 ypc.
Trey Burton (226 yards, TD), Quinton Dunbar (231 yards) and Soloman Patton (224 yards, two TDs) make up a solid receiving trio. No other Gator has more than 26 receiving yards.
While the offense has been sluggish, Florida's defense has been nothing short of spectacular. Not only does it lead the SEC in points permitted, (12.8 ppg), but it ranks second in the nation in total defense (202.5 ypg).
The unit has forced nine turnovers, with Vernon Hargreaves leading the way with three interceptions. Dante Fowler is well on his way to an All-SEC campaign, racking up 6.0 TFL, 3.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. The team suffered an unfortunate blow last week when it lost defensive tackle Dominique Easley for the season with a torn ACL. Easley had 2.0 TFL and four QB hurries and was projected as a first-round pick in next year's NFL draft.
Florida has overcome a lot of adversity so far in dealing with the litany of injuries that have been piling up over the past few weeks and it is eager to prove that it overcome those setbacks. Arkansas appears on the right track to rebuilding the program under Bielema, but it is not yet ready to contend with a high-quality opponent on the road. Expect the Gators to prevail in a tune up for their Oct. 12 matchup with LSU.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Florida 24, Arkansas 10