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Murphy bolts UF

GAINESVILLE -- Quarterback Tyler Murphy decided four years at Florida was enough. After graduating with a degree in telecommunications on Saturday, the redshirt junior signal caller asked for his release Sunday afternoon. 

The school confirmed midweek rumors of an impending transfer in a short statement on Twitter.

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Murphy, immediately eligible, will not have to sit out the 2014 season and becomes an attractive "free agent" for schools seeking a one-year plug-in at quarterback.  

Reportedly, Murphy exited UF in a rather unscrupulous manner, but the quarterback was a noble solider for four years. Murphy represented UF with dignity and grace during the team's most trying season in over 30 years.   

Murphy, who was repeatedly passed over in UF's yearly quarterback carousel, started six games in 2013, forced into action after starter Jeff Driskel broke his leg against Tennessee (Sep. 21). Murphy rallied the Gators against the Volunteers and won his first two career starts (Kentucky, Arkansas), becoming an instant sensation in Gainesville.  

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But after seriously injuring his shoulder in a loss at LSU (Oct. 12), the duel-threat quarterback's performance was never the same. Murphy, who missed the final three games of the season with an AC shoulder sprain, tossed three interceptions in UF's humiliating homecoming defeat to Vanderbilt.

He finished the season with 1,216 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions. 

Murphy is the seventh player to leave the program this week. Quarterback depth is now a serious concern for coach Will Muschamp, as Florida has just three scholarship quarterbacks -- Driskel, sophomore Skyler Morhinweg and incoming freshman Will Grier -- on the projected roster for the 2014 season.  

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