Former Gator QBs find homes in ACC

Two QBs who struggled at Florida might start for their new teams next fall.

Actually, N.C. State coach Dave Doeren has already said Jacoby Brissett will start for the Wolfpack in 2014, and now it appears Tyler Murphy will get a chance to start at Boston College.

Pete Thomas, who threw four TD passes and nine interceptions while sharing time as N.C. State’s QB, is returning, as is Jefferson’s Bryant Shirreffs, but Doeren said in December: “Jacoby Brissett is our starting quarterback.”

Brissett ran the Wolfpack’s scout team while redshirting in 2013. He has two more years of eligibility after throwing for 455 yards and three TDs in two seasons at Florida.

Doeren said:

“His leadership is phenomenal. I think it was a great year for him developmentally, from a mental standpoint. Our team respects him, our staff respects him. I don’t want to put undue pressure on him because he still has to go out and play football, but we’re all excited about his leadership at that position.”

Murphy, who transferred after starting six games for the Gators last fall, will be reunited with former Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio, who finished his first season as the coach at Boston College. Addazio recruited Murphy while at Florida.

Murphy can immediately play because he has graduated.

BC’s offense will look different next season.

RB Andre Williams, who rushed for 2,177 yards won’t be around, so there will be more QB runs, Addazio told ESPN last week.

Addazio said:

“The ability to keep our power run offense but to be able to diversify a little bit and spread it out a little bit will be great for us. We’ll be a little different. It’s early right now, but there will be more diversity in terms of quarterback runs and tailback runs. We won’t have one guy getting 42 reps.”

That seems to suit Murphy, who struggled after replacing Jeff Driskel last fall.

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Class of '98

January 22nd, 2014
5:44 pm

John Galt, the last time UGA saw Mettenberger he was crying like a baby after a loss. As for Marshall, it stunk to lose that game, but at least it prevented Alabammy from winning the SEC/BCS again.

I can live with that.

Tampa Gator

January 22nd, 2014
9:03 am

“there” not “their” in that last post.

Tampa Gator

January 22nd, 2014
9:02 am

Wish both ex-Gators a lot of success in 2014. Always felt that Brissett was a better game day player at QB than Driskel, with more leadership and innate QB skills in the pro style offense under Pease. But he would not have made a good spread option QB now under Roper. Murphy, who was recruited their by Addazio when he was the OC at Florida, left Florida because he graduated and Florida did not offer the master’s degree he wanted to pursue. And he played well at Florida when healthy. But he played his last two games with a badly injured shoulder (and was terrible because of it vs. Vandy), then sat out the last two games with that injury. I hope he holds up better at Boston College. He probably will in the ACC.

Pulpwud Smiff

January 21st, 2014
11:56 pm

Cane ah be goin’ bak too play at Jawja agin sense ah neber gradiated?


January 21st, 2014
11:03 pm

Mettenberger didn’t haunt UGA… LSU lost. Maybe Daniel Cobb would be more appropriate.

John Galt

January 21st, 2014
3:16 pm

Maybe the ex-UF players will be like the ex-UGA players who left for other teams and wound up coming back to haunt their former teams (i.e., Marshall and Mettenburger – hey, is that M&M’s?)


January 21st, 2014
2:28 pm

Get your degrees guys.