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When on-field personnel changes, particularly in the middle of a season due to injury, it can be difficult for a lot of coaches to change the way they run their offenses. Muschamp is clearly enjoying the opposite problem.
While no one should be happy to see any player go down for the season because of an injury, Florida's offensive playbook has been opened up, thanks to the run-throw combo available from Tyler Murphy.
While Florida is—and will remain—a run-first team, the 22 passes made (compared to the 41 rush attempts) are beginning to take a good deal of pressure off the Gators' backfield.
Teams are no longer able to load the box against this Florida team. While Driskel was a serviceable passer, most top-flight SEC defenses field secondaries that could handle the passing ability of Driskel.
Murphy is a different kind of quarterback. He can beat you with his arm or with a run to the outside. Corners will now need an extra level of security provided by linebackers in the middle and safeties over the top to keep the Gators receivers in check.
That, in turn, will open up more room for Florida's talented runners. The job of defensive coordinators facing Florida this season just got much more complicated.