Brent Pease wants Tyler Murphy to just be himself
Florida junior Tyler Murphy will make his first collegiate start Saturday night at Kentucky.
It will be just his second collegiate game, after coming in on the second series against Tennessee last week in relief of injured starter Jeff Driskel.
Undoubtedly, things have changed for Murphy, who just last year was running with the scout team. But Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease had some simple words of advice for Murphy this week: be yourself.
“What I told him, my first thing was this, I said, Listen don’t ever change now what you’ve done to this point. Because you’ve still prepared. You’ve still worked hard. Obviously you’re going to go for 80 snaps in this game, you got to make good decisions. Not always the right decisions, but good decisions. And that’s what I’m asking you do. I’m not asking you to change how you act, how you prepare or who you are as a player because don’t go out there all, now you got this NFL thing. No. You’re going out to run a college football team. And take advantage of playing college football for the University of Florida against the University of Kentucky. Then the next week, you do a good job, then it’s going to change. He’s going to go against Arkansas. So don’t (feel) like you have to change and do something different because what you did the other day is good. You get better and better, more consistent, accurate, game decisions. They know the requirements, quarterbacks do. And you gotta go continue to do it, now go do it for 80 plays.”
Murphy was 8-of-14 for 134 yards and one touchdown and also ran 10 times for 84 yards.
Here, Brent Pease give his assessment of Murphy's performance: