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Steve Spurrier a fan of Gators QB Tyler Murphy

 
 
Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy (3) looks for a receiver as he is rushed by Arkansas defensive end Deatrich Wise Jr. (48) during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville on Oct. 5, 2013.
Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy (3) looks for a receiver as he is rushed by Arkansas defensive end Deatrich Wise Jr. (48) during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville on Oct. 5, 2013.
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Miami Herald Writer

The Ol’ Ball Coach knows a thing or two about quarterbacks, and now Steve Spurrier is among those impressed with Gators quarterback Tyler Murphy.

“He’s a dang good player,” the South Carolina coach said. “His throwing motion is beautiful. Throws a nice, catchable ball. He can move around in the pocket. You’d never think the young man hadn’t played but, what, two or three games?”

South Carolina travels to Arkansas this weekend to face a team Murphy shredded for 240 yards and three touchdowns last Saturday.

“We’re watching Florida’s offense against Arkansas — who we play this week,” Spurrier said. “We’re watching Tyler, and he just throws the ball beautifully. Fundamentally, he’s very sound. … He’s a very good quarterback. …

“He must’ve looked good in practice down there, but he finally got his chance. Sometimes that’s the way it works out. You get your chance and make the most of it.”

Still a presence

Two weeks ago, star defensive tackle Dominique Easley could barely stomach watching Florida play Kentucky after sustaining a season-ending ACL injury earlier in the week. But, according to UF defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin, Easley “has his spirits back” and remains a vital part of the team moving forward.

“He’s been around [the facility]. Dominique is a big part of our team even though he’s not playing. His personality, his energy is something that is contagious to all those around him,” Durkin said. “He’s got great respect from the coaches, from his teammates, and so he’s a guy we want around as much as we can, and he’s been around. He’s a part of this team no matter what.”

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