Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Former Florida QB Murphy transfers to BC
By Andrea Adelson
Former Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy has transferred to Boston College, with an eye toward winning the starting quarterback job come spring practice.
Murphy and former Florida offensive lineman Ian Silberman, also a fifth-year senior, are now enrolled at Boston College, the school announced Wednesday. Murphy and Silberman have ties to Boston College coach Steve Addazio, a former Florida assistant who recruited Murphy to play for the Gators.
Murphy announced his intentions to transfer from Florida after the regular season ended. He graduated in December and has one year of eligibility remaining for the Eagles, who need to find a replacement for three-year starting quarterback Chase Rettig.
Murphy started six games last season for the Gators after starter Jeff Driskel was lost for the season. He went 2-4 with 1,216 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions before missing the final three games of the season with a shoulder injury.
The addition of Murphy at least gives the Eagles an experienced quarterback on the roster, and his dual-threat ability is a much better fit for the power run/spread scheme they want to build their offense around. But he is not necessarily the automatic favorite to win the job. The spring competition should be intense between Murphy, Darius Wade, Josh Bordner and James Walsh.
BC also announced five freshmen -- Wade, offensive lineman Jon Baker, defensive back Allen Dawson, defensive end Harold Landry and defensive back Isaac Yiadom -- are enrolled.