The Florida football team is gearing up to hit the road and take on the Kentucky Wildcats this weekend. The Gators are heading to Lexington with a 2-1 record on the season, after notching their second win at home against the Tennessee Volunteers, 31-17.
The Gators may have added another W to the win column this past weekend, but they lost a key component in starting quarterback Jeff Driskel who broke his right leg on Saturday.
Driskel is out for the season, but junior Tyler Murphy could be Florida’s saving grace. Murphy showed he can handle his new responsibility when he stepped in for Driskel in the first quarter on Saturday. The junior gained 84 rushing yards and completed 8-of-14 passes with a touchdown against the Volunteers.
Gators head coach Will Muschamp credits Murphy on his outstanding performance.
But what does the Connecticut native think about all this? Murphy has been waiting on his opportunity to shine, but did not realize it would come at Driskel’s expense.
Now, Murphy and the Gators look forward to the trip to Lexington. As one would expect, Murphy is having game day jitters as if he was stepping onto the field as a collegiate athlete for the first time.
The 1-2 Wildcats are fresh off a bye week, but are looking to even out their record and erase memories of a 27-13 loss to the Louisville Cardinals. Sophomore quarterbacks Jalen Whitlow and Maxwell Smith have both taken snaps this year, but Kentucky has not announced which of the two will be starting when they host Florida on Saturday.
You can hear the game live Saturday on ESPN 850 WRUF starting at 4pm.