If the Florida Gators’ 2013 campaign wasn’t bad enough, the school now has to deal with less depth at quarterback.
That’s because Tyler Murphy—who graduated on Saturday—has decided to transfer from Florida:
After graduating Saturday Tyler Murphy will look for an opportunity to play somewhere else next year #Gators— GatorZone Football (@GatorZoneFB) December 15, 2013
Murphy will take advantage of the NCAA rule that allows graduate transfer students to play immediately and not have to sit out a year.
Update: Tuesday, Jan. 14 - 4:26 p.m. ET
According to CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler, Murphy is set to transfer to Boston College:
Former Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy plansa to transfer to Boston College to reunite with Steve Addazio, according to sources close to the situation.
Murphy, who graduated from Florida in December, is working to enroll as early as this week and has verbally committed to the coaching staff, according to the sources. He'll have one season of eligibility left.
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His departure makes him just the latest player to decide to leave the program. Last Thursday, the Gators announced that six players were set to transfer, via The Associated Press (h/t Foxnews.com).
One of those six players was freshman quarterback Max Staver.
Now, Florida will enter 2014 with just two scholarship quarterbacks on the season. However, the school does expect to sign the No. 3 quarterback in the nation, Will Grier, in January.
Who would of given Florida a better chance of victory in 2014?
In relief of injured starter Jeff Driskel, Murphy threw for 1,216 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions on 60.5 percent passing in seven starts. He also added another 61 yards and three scores on the ground.
Maybe Murphy left because he felt the quarterback position was Driskel’s to lose in 2014 and he simply wanted a chance to play.
Or maybe the Gators’ misfortunes this season were more than enough to convince him to bail.
The school finished 4-8, losing its final seven games of the year. That includes an embarrassing loss to the FCS’ Georgia Southern, 26-20, on Nov. 23.
It marks the first time that Florida has finished below .500 since 1990 and the program’s fewest wins since going 0-10-1 in 1979.