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Florida Gators assistant coach D.J. Durkin focuses on current task

 

Miami Herald Writer

Florida assistant coach D.J. Durkin said he has head coaching aspirations, but UF’s defensive coordinator refused to discuss any offseason hypotheticals and said he’s solely focused on Florida’s next opponent: Georgia Southern.

Durkin — in his fourth year with the Gators — has been rumored as a possible candidate for several potential Mid-American Conference jobs, a league that includes his alma mater and the school he kick-started his coaching career (Bowling Green).

“I haven't been approached by anyone or anything,” he said. “Yeah, one day I do want to be a head coach. It would have to be the right situation, the right place, a lot of factors go into it. It wouldn't just be any job.”

Injury updates

Quarterback Tyler Murphy participated in Tuesday’s practice and is questionable for Saturday’s game.

According to coach Will Muschamp, redshirt freshman quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg is in line for another start, but Murphy’s injured shoulder is improving.

“It’s all about his discomfort level right now,” Muschamp said of the AC sprain in the quarterback’s throwing shoulder. “It’s gotten better every day. If you look from Sunday to [Wednesday], it’s much, much, much improved. We’ll just to continue to work through that. It’s all about his comfort level. Right now, the shoulder is stable.”

Muschamp also said left tackle D.J. Humphries (MCL sprain) and cornerback Marcus Roberson (ankle) would not play this weekend.

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