Twitter Takes: Fans react to Tyler Murphy’s huge game replacing Jeff Driskel

Prior to the Florida Gators’ 2012 season, coach Will Muschamp was questioned daily on whether he and offensive coordinator Brent Pease had chosen a starting quarterback between true sophomores Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett.

No one made mention of a player a year older: Tyler Murphy.

Eventually, Driskel would win the starting spot, and after the season Brissett transferred to NC State. Murphy stepped up and into the primary backup role behind Driskel.

Then, on Saturday, in front of a rowdy home crowd and against rival Tennessee, it happened. Just a little more than five minutes into the game, Driskel threw a pass. It wound up in the hands of Volunteers defensive back Devaun Swafford, who returned his interception 62 yards for a touchdown.

Driskel went down on the play, and he stayed down. He had hurt his leg, and was forced to crutch his way into the locker room. Murphy, a redshirt junior, had never thrown a single pass for Florida, but with Driskel done for the day (it was eventually determined that he will be missing the rest of the season, unfortunately) it was his time.

And wow did he shine. He finished 8-for-14 with 134-yards, 84 rushing yards on only 10 attempts, one touchdown passing and another rushing. He did not turn the ball over once – but he did turn all of Gator Nation into huge fans.

Including a former Florida baller.

Check out what the rest of the Twittersphere had to say in reaction to Murphy’s excellent performance.






































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