11/11: Muschamp on Murphy’s injury, fixing Gators

By Adam Silverstein
November 11, 2013

Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp met with the media on Monday to discuss his team’s 34-17 loss to the Vanderbilt Commodores and upcoming road contest against the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday, Nov. 16. The homecoming contest will kick off at 7:00 p.m. and air live on ESPN2.


Redshirt junior quarterback Tyler Murphy has been dealing with a shoulder injury since the LSU game but has yet to miss a start. Muschamp announced Monday that Murphy will not practice Monday or Tuesday but should be back out on the field Wednesday.

The player admitted later Monday that he would not be able to play if the game was that day, noting that the injury was aggravated – and potentially worsened – by getting hit in and falling on his shoulder multiple times against Vanderbilt.

“I’m missing Monday and possibly Tuesday,” Murphy said. “I need all the practice I can get. It’s just frustrating, being banged up a little bit, I have 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 out there as soon as possible.”

There are rumors circulating that Murphy’s injury is worse than is being let on by the coaching staff, but to put that chatter in proper perspective, what exactly would Florida – a two-touchdown underdog to South Carolina – have to gain by lying about a season-ending injury the same day one is announced for another starter.

“It’s more of a day-to-day thing,” Murphy said about his ailment. “I’m just trying to get healthy so I can get back out there and try to contribute to helping this team.”

Muschamp also announced Monday that junior cornerback Marcus Roberson (ankle) will miss two days of practice but should return Wednesday. Freshman linebacker Jeremi Powell (knee) is scheduled for surgery this week, and sophomore left tackle D.J. Humphries (MCL) is doubtful for Saturday.

“He’ll be back this season, just based on the injury report this morning he’s doubtful for this weekend,” Muschamp said. “He can get into a stance and move and stuff, he just can’t press off of it right now. He’ll play [again] before the year is out.”


» On seemingly starting every game in a hole and not being able to rebound: “We need to learn to overcome our circumstances, and that’s something we’ve had a hard time doing as far as a slow start, a turnover, and overcome those situations. And that’s my job to get it right, and that’s what we’re working on.”

» On whether injuries killed the team’s confidence or positive mentality: “I certainly think it’s had its affect, but we got to find ways to get it right.”

» On whether Florida struggling to stop the run has been the most disappointing development this season: “I think so. Just playing blocks up front, we’ve been inconsistent across the board. We’ve done some nice things at times but not consistent enough to be able to stop the run consistently, especially when you ended to in some critical situations.”

» On whether losing senior defensive tackle Dominique Easley hit the team exceptionally hard: “You don’t replace Dominique Easley. It’s not just from a playmaking standpoint. It’s from a leadership standpoint. It’s the heart of your team. So, it’s tough, but we certainly have capable players to come out and play well, play better than we’ve played in some situations.”

» Muschamp said running backs coach Brian White moved down to the field from the booth against Missouri and will remain there the rest of the season. “Just the youth at running back, felt like he needed to be on the field to make sure we get the communication with those guys.”

» On the kicking situation: “It’s one competition every week right now. We haven’t had any consistency in what we’re trying to do.”

» Muschamp said Florida missing a bowl game would be extra-hard on the program because the Gators would also be losing out on 15 bowl practices that are critical to the development of the players ahead of the following season.


  1. SW FL Joe says:

    So do we make Clowney the fifth Gator opponent in a row to be SEC Defensive Player of the Week?

  2. Ken (CA) says:

    “the same day it announced one to another starter” I don’t understand this? named Murphy to be the starter against USC even though injured, so that is why would be silly to lie?

  3. Luke says:

    Hard to believe that every position in football is open to substituting players in and out, except for our quarterback. The line is moved around several times in a single drive, our coaches will pull a running back that has the hit hand, but when out QB is having a tough game, no change, no giving the next man a shot, no confidence in anyone else, even when the guy on the field lost confidence and none of the players even seem to trust him.

    Three examples seem to be Louisville, Miami, and Vandy when it looked like the whole team suffered depression or just followed suit with poor quarterback play. It seems like our coaches are unwilling to make an adjustment at a critical position, even when the top guy is injured! There may not be just one solution to this, but wouldn’t there be some incentive to give a healthy guy a shot at getting the offense going? It happened with Murphy, how about call Trey Burton’s number? He’s a baller. Staver? Skyler M.? Don’t these guys get reps in practice? Let’s see if one can spark our offense, or at least make some throws and the correct calls. Spurrier never had a problem pulling any guy on the field if I wasn’t his day. Seems like we should at least try to make a few adjustments…

  4. Chizzle1986 says:

    Putting someone else in after the 3rd INT makes sense to me. I mean Murphy is not the future at QB, so why not give these other young bucks their chance. It’s not like the product on the field could have been any worse offensively. Obviously, Muschamp and Pease think Murphy gives us the best shot at winning the game. Did anyone else notice some of our young WR’s look frustrated….ie Demarcus Robinson after another errant pass by Murphy.

    I agree Luke. At least, we may be able to hand pick our season tickets in a couple years for the family.

    I love this University and this program regardless. Great to be a UF alum, and a privilege to be able to watch games. I hope we can get bowl eligible.

  5. 630Chucky says:

    Murphy made some terrible decisions, which should be expected in a young QB. Particularly from a backup.

    Is the answer to put a less experienced QB into the game? Seems pretty simple– the pass blocking is ridiculously bad. Awful. It’s been this way for a while. You want to destroy the confidence of a young QB by throwing him out there with no help from the OL? We watched Brantley completely lose confidence and make bad decisions, and the same thing was happening to Driskel by the time he got hurt last year. Is the OL going to be so inspired by a new guy that they can block someone without dragging him to the ground? I doubt it. It’s a bad, bad situation, but we don’t have a QB who’s more mobile than Murphy.

    If the coaching staff doesn’t figure out the blocking problem, we’ll never get right.

    Burton can’t throw worth a lick. No threat to throw. Makes the team completely one dimensional, which wasn’t working out so well.

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