Former Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy has enrolled at Boston College and will be eligible to play for the Eagles as a fifth-year graduate transfer, according to a source. Murphy started six games last season for the Gators and will be eligible immediately, giving BC an experienced option at quarterback for 2014.
The move reunites Murphy, a Connecticut native, with Boston College coach Steve Addazio, who recruited him to Florida when Addazio was an assistant coach in Gainesville.
Murphy will be joined at Boston College by offensive lineman Ian Silberman, another fifth-year transfer from Florida. Silberman started four games for the Gators last season and had originally committed to Louisville for his fifth year. He rescinded that once coach Charlie Strong left to become the head coach at Texas.
Murphy will be in the mix to take over the starting quarterback job at Boston College. Chase Rettig, who started 45 games at quarterback for the Eagles, graduates and there's no obvious veteran replacement on the roster.
Murphy threw for 1,216 yards and six touchdowns last season. He started six games for the Gators, registering a 2-4 record, and led Florida to a victory over Tennessee in relief of injured Jeff Driskel in Week 3.
Murphy threw five interceptions and completed 60 percent of his passes before his season ended prematurely with an injury. He didn't start the final three games because of a sprained throwing shoulder that he first hurt against LSU in October.
Murphy will begin vying for the starting job in spring practice. He'll compete with heralded freshman Darius Wade, a mid-year enrollee who is already on campus and is considered BC's quarterback of the future. Last year's backup, Josh Bordner, a senior, and sophomore James Walsh are also in the quarterback mix. There's also a chance that Troy Flutie, a record setting high school quarterback who was recruited as a wide receiver, will get a chance to play quarterback when he arrives this summer. (Flutie is the nephew of former Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie.)
Boston College should look completely different on offense next season with the graduation of Rettig and star tailback Andre Williams. The Eagles also lose starting tackles Ian White and Matt Patchan. (Patchan is another former Florida player who transferred to Boston College for his final season).
Boston College went 7-6 in Addazio's first season after going 2-10 the previous year.