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Tyler Murphy’s demeanor boosts Gators offense

 
 
Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy (3) high fives fans after defeating Arkansas 30-10 in an NCAA college football game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville on Oct. 5, 2013.
Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy (3) high fives fans after defeating Arkansas 30-10 in an NCAA college football game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville on Oct. 5, 2013.
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Miami Herald Writer

Quarterback Tyler Murphy has started only two games for No. 18 Florida, but his steadiness — on and off the field — has impressed his teammates and coaches.

“He’s calm, cool and collected,” left guard Max Garcia said. “He is in command of the offense; we just run smoothly with him.

“He just so relaxed, almost nonchalant. It’s crazy how he’s like that coming from a backup position. … I was surprised when he got in there [against Tennessee] and we really got going.”

Since taking over for the injured Jeff Driskel, Murphy — a redshirt junior — has sparked Florida’s anemic offense.

In three games, the former backup has completed 72 percent of his passes for five touchdowns and one interception, while also rushing for 135 yards and two scores.

Murphy’s calm demeanor will be tested in a hostile environment this weekend when UF travels to Death Valley to face LSU.

"We’re going to find out," offensive coordinator Brent Pease said. "I don’t see him getting flustered. … I like what he’s doing. I like how he’s approaching everything and still trying to make himself better.

“The biggest thing when you get in a spot like he’s in is to still remain humble. I really haven’t really said anything to him like that because I think he has that in him naturally."

THIS & THAT

Florida announced its nonconference game against Georgia Southern on Nov. 23 will kick off at 2 p.m. on a live pay-per-view. … Pease said Florida’s coaching staff has juggled the possibility of redshirting freshman tailback Kelvin Taylor. “We’ll discuss it. I don’t know. You’ll have to ask the head coach.” … Cornerback Marcus Roberson (knee) should start Saturday at LSU. The junior has missed UF’s past three games.

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