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Notebook: Focusing on the task at hand, injury updates, NFL talk

GAINESVILLE -- Florida assistant coach D.J. Durkin said he has head coaching aspirations, but UF’s defensive coordinator refused to discuss any offseason hypotheticals and said he’s solely focused on Florida’s next opponent: Georgia Southern. 

Durkin -- in his fourth year with the Gators -- has been rumored as a possible candidate for several potential Mid-American Conference jobs, a league that includes his alma mater and the school he kick-started his coaching career (Bowling Green).  

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“I haven't been approached by anyone or anything,” he said. “Yeah one day I do want to be a head coach. It would have to be the right situation, the right place, a lot of factors go into it. It wouldn't just be any job.”


Quarterback Tyler Murphy participated in Tuesday’s practice and is now questionable for Saturday’s game.

According to coach Will Muschamp, redshirt freshman quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg is still in line for another start, but Murphy’s injured shoulder is improving.

“It’s all about his discomfort level right now,” Muschamp said of Murphy’s AC sprain in the quarterback’s throwing shoulder. “It’s gotten better every day. If you look from Sunday to today, it’s much, much, much improved. We’ll just to continue to work through that. It’s all about his comfort level. Right now, the shoulder is stable.”

Muschamp also said left tackle D.J. Humphries (MCL sprain) and cornerback Marcus Roberson (ankle) would not play this weekend.


Junior cornerbacks Marcus Roberson and Loucheiz Purifoy are two players many expect to leave Florida for the NFL following the 2013 season.

According to defensive tackle Leon Orr, playing at the next level is readily discussed in the locker room amongst Florida players.

“When you in the locker room you hear the word ‘NFL’ because there’s a lot of guys who play college ball and see themselves at the next level. So it’s definitely conversation about certain players going to the NFL and certain player not going to the NFL,” Orr explained. “It’s just one of those things, you never know what anybody thinking. You can never hold much weight into conversation, just more listen to them.”

Orr, a redshirt junior who’s started seven games this season and recorded 4.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks, admitted he’s also contemplating his future.  

“I mean I definitely feel like I want to be a Gator next year. I want to do a lot of things for this school that I haven’t had the opportunity to do but I feel like this who NFL thing and this whole going to the next level thing is so new to me, and I don’t know much about it, that I want to be able to be well informed before I make any type of decision on that,” Orr said.


“I'm a drop-back quarterback. I think ESPN had me at deceptively athletic, so I'll throw in a spin move every now and then. But you know I drop back and try to throw it as hard as I can in an accurate spot. That's how I play."

-- Christian Provancha, Florida’s unlikeliest No. 2 quarterback against Georgia Southern with injuries to Jeff Driskel and Tyler Murphy. Provancha, nicknamed Provolone, is a walk-on senior from Cocoa Beach.

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