UF may turn to redshirt freshman at QB


Florida quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg sets to throw during the Orange and Blue Debut at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on April 6.

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Published: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 11:57 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 11:57 a.m.

Even though the coaching staff was hoping injured quarterback Tyler Murphy could throw some in practice Wednesday, he’s still day-to-day and could be a game-time decision Saturday in Columbia, S.C.

Murphy, who sprained his throwing shoulder in the Oct. 12 LSU game, was in a similar situation heading into the Missouri game the following week. Although he did not practice until Thursday that week, he ended up starting the game.

“We had a situation in Missouri where we didn’t think he would play,” UF coach Will Muschamp said on the SEC coaches’ teleconference Wednesday. “We got out there and he felt pretty good in the morning and felt he could go out there and give it a shot and he did.

“We’ll see (what happens this week). Skyler (Mornhinweg) has taken all the snaps (at quarterback) this week and we feel comfortable with him.”

Muschamp said Murphy was experiencing pain and swelling in his shoulder earlier in the week.

“Just discomfort as far as movement was concerned,” Muschamp said. “He’s been able to work that out.”

The plan, Muschamp said, was to see if Murphy could throw some in practice Wednesday.

“We’ll see if he can throw today a little bit,” he said.

Offensive tackle D.J. Humphries (knee) is definitely out of Saturday’s game against South Carolina and that starting cornerback Marcus Roberson (ankle) is day-to-day, Muschamp said.

“(Roberson) did not do anything Monday or Tuesday,” Muschamp said.

Muschamp also said starting middle linebacker Antonio Morrison and backup outside linebacker Jeremi Powell were both undergoing knee surgery Wednesday.

Muschamp said Morrison’s surgery went well Wednesday morning and there’s a chance he’ll be back for the start of spring practice.

“He ought to be about two-and-a-half to three months,” Muschamp said of Morrison’s recovery. “We ought to get him back for spring. That’s good to hear.”

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