Christopher Smith

Florida QB Murphy To Transfer

Created on Dec. 15, 2013 5:31 PM EST

Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy became the seventh offensive player to announce he'll transfer to another school Sunday.

Murphy, who started six games in place of an injured Jeff Driskel, will be allowed to play at any FBS school next season because he graduated from Florida on Saturday.

The Gators announced the departure via Twitter on Sunday, writing that Murphy "will look for an opportunity to play somewhere else next year."

The senior has a year of eligibility remaining. The move is a bit puzzling as Florida has yet to replace fired offensive coordinator Brent Pease. Coach Will Muschamp declared an "open competition" at quarterback in recent weeks. Quarterback Max Staver already has announced his intention to transfer and Driskel is recovering from a broken leg, so Murphy is giving up what seems like a chance to compete for the starting job.

Murphy hadn't played prior to this season and completed 60.5 percent of his passes for just 6.6 yards per attempt, throwing six touchdowns and five interceptions. Florida went 2-4 in games he started, including a three-interception performance against Vanderbilt.

Skyler Mornhinweg, who started the last three games of the season after Murphy also got hurt, and incoming freshman Will Grier are the only two quarterbacks on scholarship for 2014 other than Driskel. Jacob Guy, Ryan McGriff and Chris Wilkes are available as walk-ons.

The news comes three days after Florida announced the intent to transfer for Staver, tight end Kent Taylor, fullback Rhaheim Ledbetter and offensive linemen Quinteze Williams, Trevon Young and Ian Silberman.

"These young men felt it was in their best interest to look for an opportunity to play somewhere else. We wish all of them the best of luck,'' Muschamp told the Associated Press on Thursday.

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