According to Mark Long of the Associated Press, Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy will be a game-time decision when the Gators travel to South Carolina on Saturday. Murphy was forced into the starting role after Jeff Driskel went down against Tennessee with a broken fibula.
Murphy suffered a sprained shoulder against LSU in October, but has been toughing it out ever since. The redshirt junior has been sacked 15 times in the last three games – all losses. He was brought down five times in last Saturday’s Homecoming loss to Vanderbilt, exacerbating the injury.
“I need all the practice I can get,” Murphy said. “It’s just frustrating being banged up a little bit and having to sit out and try to get healthy. I’m just going to live in the training room and get healthy and try to get back out there as soon as possible.”
As for practice, unfortunately Murphy has not been able to participate yet this week. With a huge showdown against the Gamecocks looming, Murphy has been resting his shoulder in hopes that he can return.
“He’s in a situation where he’s spending time in the training room getting healthy again,” offensive coordinator Brent Pease said. “I think it’s day to day based on what the trainers have to say.”
This is just the latest in what seems like a never-ending string of injuries for Coach Will Muschamp’s squad.
In the event that Murphy won’t be able to play, Pease will turn the offense over to redshirt freshman Skyler Mornhinweg.
“He’s ready to go,” Pease said. “The thing that’s tough on a kid in his situation is just experience. You hope you never really have to play with a redshirt freshman. Nothing against him because he’s a smart kid, he works hard. But in a developmental situation, you hope that you get into your sophomore and junior year before you’re in that situation, whether you’re competing for the job or in a backup role ready to play.”