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.
Hes 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. Its crazy how hes 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 Floridas 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.
Murphys calm demeanor will be tested in a hostile environment this weekend when UF travels to Death Valley to face LSU.
"Were going to find out," offensive coordinator Brent Pease said. "I dont see him getting flustered. I like what hes doing. I like how hes approaching everything and still trying to make himself better.
The biggest thing when you get in a spot like hes in is to still remain humble. I really havent really said anything to him like that because I think he has that in him naturally."
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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 Floridas coaching staff has juggled the possibility of redshirting freshman tailback Kelvin Taylor. Well discuss it. I dont know. Youll have to ask the head coach. Cornerback Marcus Roberson (knee) should start Saturday at LSU. The junior has missed UFs past three games.