Notebook: UF's Murphy still on mend


Florida Gators quarterback Tyler Murphy (3) and teammate Florida Gators defensive back Cody Riggs (31) leave the field after losing to South Carolina 19-14 at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina Saturday, November 16, 2013.

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Published: Monday, November 25, 2013 at 5:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 25, 2013 at 5:22 p.m.

There is a chance that starting quarterback Tyler Murphy will miss his third consecutive game Saturday with a sprained right shoulder that is preventing him from throwing.

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Florida Gators quarterback Tyler Murphy (3) and teammate Florida Gators defensive back Cody Riggs (31) leave the field after losing to South Carolina 19-14 at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina Saturday, November 16, 2013.

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“Tyler Murphy is questionable for this week (against FSU),” UF coach Will Muschamp said Monday. “Right now, the medical staff has not cleared him. We'll continue to kind of work through the week.

“As I told you last week, he did throw some last week, but never dressed out for practice. But we'll see as we move through the week.”

If Murphy is unable to play, redshirt freshman Skyler Mornhinweg will make his third career start against the No. 2 Seminoles.

The Gators will also be without starting middle linebacker Michael Taylor on Saturday. He sprained his knee in the loss to Georgia Southern.

“Mike Taylor is out,” Muschamp said. “There's no surgery needed.”

Backup linebacker Alex Anzalone also will miss the FSU game after dislocating his shoulder Saturday. Muschamp said Anzalone requires shoulder surgery.

Starting cornerback Marcus Roberson has been cleared to play Saturday after missing the past three games with a sprained ankle (he also was suspended from the South Carolina game two weeks ago for a violation of team rules).

“Marcus Roberson will be ready to go,” Muschamp said. “He ran yesterday and felt good.”

Starting offensive tackle D.J. Humphries (sprained knee) is doubtful for Saturday's game, while starting defensive end Jonathan Bullard (knee) is probable.

“We're going to try to work (Humphries) out (today) and see what he can do,” Muschamp said. “The knee is still a little loose right now for our medical staff to clear him.

“I think (Bullard) is going to be able to go. He will practice (today). I feel comfortable there.”

Gators thin at linebacker

With Taylor and Anzalone out, the Gators have almost zero depth at the linebacker positions. Walk-on David Campbell is expected to get extensive playing time after playing most of the second half in the Georgia Southern loss.

“Right now, Jarrad Davis and Neiron Ball will start and Darrin Kitchens will back up both of them,” Muschamp said. “David Campbell will be ready to go. (True freshman) Daniel McMillan has been slowed a little bit with a thumb so he hasn't gotten as many reps. He's been playing special teams for us a lot, but it's hard to play linebacker if you can't take a guy on.

“We'll get him some reps.”

Muschamp and the media

Although the media has not been very kind to Muschamp this season, especially in the wake of Saturday's loss to Georgia Southern, he said he's cool with reporters.

“I don't have any problem with anybody,” he said. “Everybody has an opinion and everybody is certainly entitled to that. That's part of it. That's part of the job. I don't have any issue with that.

“I had an issue early in the year when I felt like something was misreported about one of our players. I take offense to that, and I take offense to when I feel some of our players aren't being treated fairly.

“I don't have any problem with anybody sitting in the room. I really don't, from the standpoint that you've got jobs to do. And sometimes your opinion may be different from mine.”

Muschamp said he can understand some of the recent criticism

“I'm involved in day-to-day operation of the program,” he said. “You've got to see the big picture of where we are and more than anything where we're headed. It's been very frustrating and it's all on me.

“I get all that and we need to improve and get better, and that's what we're going to do. But I ain't got any problem with any of you.”

Friendly foes

Muschamp said he and Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher are still friends, but their friendship is a little different now that they're coaching at rival schools. The two worked together on Nick Saban's LSU staff and were at one time co-owners of a beach house in the Northwest Florida.

“Obviously, there's not a whole lot of communication from the standpoint of other than just checking on families and things,” Muschamp said. “There's absolutely no football discussed or recruiting, I can assure you of that. Jimbo's a good man and he and (his wife) Candi are great people. And he's done a fantastic job there.”

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