GAINESVILLE — Through almost three games as Florida's quarterback, Tyler Murphy has been calm and collected.
Since stepping in for Jeff Driskel (broken leg), Murphy has thrown five touchdowns and only one interception while completing 72.2 percent of his passes. During a win against Arkansas last week, Murphy recorded career passing highs with 240 yards and three touchdowns.
The redshirt junior's efficient play has drawn praise from SEC coaches.
"He throws a nice, catchable ball," South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said. "He can move around in the pocket. You'd never think the young man hadn't played but, what, two or three games now?"
Added LSU coach Les Miles: "He's a guy that the game slows down for him when it becomes a tight game."
Murphy faces his greatest test yet Saturday, on the road against No. 10 LSU at raucous Tiger Stadium.
UF coach Will Muschamp is confident his QB will handle the pressure. "Tyler is a cool customer," he said. "He's a guy that's got a lot of confidence in what he's doing. … I think he'll handle the situation very well."
USF: Hard to prep
TAMPA — USF defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan faces an interesting challenge this week: He has no video on the UConn quarterback the Bulls are facing Saturday.
True freshman Tim Boyle recently was named starter by interim coach T.J. Weist. Athletic at 6 feet 4, Boyle replaces junior pocket-passer Chandler Whitmer, who has passed for five touchdowns and six interceptions.
"You don't worry about it," Bresnahan said. "You worry about what you can control, and that's what we do on defense. And if we execute and do the things we can do, hopefully we'll present anybody problems."
Bresnahan expects a higher tempo now that Weist, a former offensive staffer with Bulls coach Willie Taggart at Western Kentucky, has replaced Paul Pasqualoni.
Joey Knight, Times staff writer
FSU: DL's hit clean
TALLAHASSEE — Florida State DT Jacobbi McDaniel's hit that knocked Maryland QB C.J. Brown (concussion) from the game last week, was not a targeting violation and he will not be suspended by the ACC, multiple media outlets reported.
McDaniel's hit did not draw a flag, but Maryland coach Randy Edsall asked the ACC office to review the play. ACC director of officials Doug Rhoades cleared McDaniel.
"It may seem like I didn't hold up, but I did," McDaniel said. "I didn't lead with the crown of my helmet."
UCF: Appeal moves on
ORLANDO — The Florida Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal of the reduction of the monetary award in the wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of WR Ereck Plancher, who died after conditioning drills in 2008. In August, a three-judge appeals court panel reduced a jury's original $10 million civil trial damage judgment awarded to Plancher's parents in 2011 to $200,000. The court ruled UCF's power of control over its athletics association was sufficient for sovereign immunity afforded to state agencies in civil judgments. No date for the Supreme Court hearing has been set.