Tyler Murphy Proves He Belongs in SEC with Impressive Win over Arkansas

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIOctober 5, 2013

LEXINGTON, KY - SEPTEMBER 28:  Tyler Murphy #3 of the Florida Gators runs with the ball during the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium on September 28, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The SEC is the best conference in the nation and is usually reserved for the best players in the country.  Tyler Murphy has proven once again that he belongs in this conference with another big win, this time over the Arkansas Razorbacks.

The Florida Gators took down Arkansas rather easily, winning 30-10.  Murphy had a fantastic game, going 16-for-22 for 240 yards and three touchdowns through the air.  Two of those scores went to Solomon Patton, who took off for 51-yard and 38-yard touchdowns.  In just three games where Murphy has thrown a pass, he's gone for 530 yards, five touchdowns and just one interception.

Since Jeff Driskel went down with a season-ending injury, the Gators have gone 3-0 against three SEC teams.  Now, the Gators are 4-1 on the season and tied with the Georgia Bulldogs for the top spot in the SEC East with a 3-0 in-conference record.

For a guy that hadn't thrown a pass in a college-level game until a couple of weeks ago, Murphy has shown tremendous poise and accuracy in the pocket.  That's likely a testament to all of the preparation that Murphy has done each and every week, preparing for a possible chance to prove himself in an actual game.

It's not often that you see a backup quarterback come in and play at such a high level, but Murphy has done just that.  In fact, the argument could be made that he's actually made this offense better than it was with Driskel under center.

What's made Murphy such a strong quarterback has been his ability to stay calm and cool in the pocket even under pressure.  He focuses on making smart reads and doesn't get rattled when he makes a bad throw.

In the game against Kentucky, Murphy threw an interception after his receiver ran the wrong route.  Rather than getting rattled and upset, Murphy went right back out there and led his team to a 64-yard drive that resulted in a field goal.

The next few weeks will be a true measure of how good Murphy is.  The Gators will be taking on No. 10 LSU on Oct. 12, No. 6 Georgia on November 2 and No. 13 South Carolina on November 16.  If Murphy can win two or all three of those games, he will become a hero in Gainesville.

It seems that Murphy is improving each and every week.  He looked fantastic in this big win over Arkansas, and if this trend continues, he could be one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC as the season goes on.