GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Head coach Will Muschamp said the Gators would enter spring practice with an open competition at quarterback at his press conference following the Florida State game.
That competition got less crowded on Sunday when redshirt junior Tyler Murphy left the program. Murphy graduated on Saturday and was expected to compete with Jeff Driskel in the spring.
Murphy started six games this season before missing the final three games with a shoulder injury. Murphy passed for 1,216 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions.
He took over as Florida's starting quarterback when Driskel suffered a season-ending broken leg against Tennessee. Murphy led the Gators to wins over Tennessee, Kentucky and Arkansas.
However, he suffered a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder in a 14-6 loss at LSU and his effectiveness dwindled. Redshirt freshman Skyler Mornhinweg took over as the starter for the final three games.