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November 27, 2013
Muschamp: Murphy questionable (again)
It's the same story in a different week for the Gators as they prepare for the No. 2 Seminoles.
Junior quarterback Tyler Murphy is once again listed as questionable while dealing with a sprained acromioclavicular (A/C) joint in his throwing shoulder. This comes one week after Will Muschamp said Murphy was improving substantially daily before sitting him against Georgia Southern.
"He threw a little bit and we'll see what he can do today," Muschamp said.
It has the third Wednesday in a row Murphy has been listed as questionable. The first two weeks, Muschamp admitted postgame he was nowhere close to playing. Murphy did not dress for either game.
After a 19-14 loss to No. 10 South Carolina, Muschamp said he listed Murphy as questionable to gain a competitive advantage against the Gamecocks.
"Obviously, as a defensive coordinator, that changes you a little bit from a mobile quarterback to a (pro-style quarterback)," he said. "That's why I handled it the way I handled it."
Murphy did not throw the week leading up to the South Carolina game, but Muschamp said he has thrown sparingly since. If Murphy does not play, expect redshirt freshman Skyler Mornhinweg to once again be the Gators' quarterback. Mornhinweg has completed 24 of 38 passes for 229 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in his first two games of collegiate action.
Sophomore left tackle D.J. Humphries (sprained MCL) will not play Saturday. Sophomore defensive end Jonathan Bullard (knee) and junior cornerback Marcus Roberson (ankle) are listed as probable. Junior linebacker Michael Taylor (MCL) and freshman linebacker Alex Anzalone are out.
-- "AN OUTSTANDING FOOTBALL COACH" --
Muschamp has spent his last two meetings with reporters putting his offense on blast, a somewhat unusual occurrence for a coach who typically only vents about the side of the ball he coaches. The comments have led almost everyone to believe offensive coordinator Brent Pease will be fired sometime after Saturday's game.
Wednesday, Muschamp was asked to evaluate the job Pease has done this year.
"When you lose three offensive tackles, two quarterbacks, a 1,000-yard rusher and a receiver, it makes it very difficult. Very difficult to call plays," Muschamp said. "Brent's a good playcaller and an outstanding football coach. It's been frustrating for all of us, including him, our production offensively this year."
There has been plenty of debate whether or not Muschamp and Pease are on the same page in terms of offensive philosophy as well as if Pease has followed the guidelines of what Muschamp wants offensively.
"We want to do what we've got to do to win games," Muschamp said. "That's what you need to do, and we haven't done that this year."