CHARLIE TYLER MURPHY!” -Rick James
We spent a small amount of time yesterday quietly celebrating the injury to Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel; celebrating because the small flame of hope had found some kindling, and quietly because it’s a douche move to be happy with an injury. And we’re not happy, per se, just hopeful.
Until Sporting News had to go and ruin it for us. Frighteningly, Matt Hayes thinks the Gators might actually improve without their starting quarterback, because the backup, Tyler Murphy (no relation to Erik Murphy, we hope), gives them a level of dynamism that they haven’t seen since Tim Tebow. That might be a little bit hyperbolic (is it possible to have a little hyperbole?), but the point is that the backup might be an upgrade.
Which sucks nards.
But it’s something Stoops will have to prepare for this coming Saturday.
Until [Murphy gets hurt], Florida has a real threat in the zone read run game and scrambling, and a quarterback who can throw with accuracy on the run. Until then, Florida has a quarterback who gives the offense energy and the one thing defenses can’t defend: the unknown.
When defenses have to account for the quarterback, games change drastically. Just like the Tennessee game changed when Murphy threw for 134 yards and touchdown, and ran for 84 yards and another score.
The defensive secondary and linebackers will now have to account for good passing, as well as a dangerous run game from the QB. We’ll see how that affects the +13 line, if at all, this week. Until then, let’s hope our three quarterbacks can beat their one.
That’s how math works, right?