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GAINESVILLE (AP) — Florida never really recruited Tyler Murphy.

The junior quarterback from Wethersfield, Conn., had scholarship offers from Connecticut, Syracuse and Temple in 2009 when he decided to send his high school highlights about 1,000 miles south to Gainesville. It turned out to be a good move — although it took four years, Jacoby Brissett’s transfer and Jeff Driskel’s season-ending leg injury for Murphy to land the starting quarterback job.

In between, Murphy had friends and family members questioning whether he should change positions and/or schools.

Murphy says “it was tough. Sitting on the sidelines is never fun. But sometimes you have to be patient when you come to a big football school like this.”

Murphy’s wait ended in the first quarter of Saturday’s 31-17 victory against Southeastern Conference rival Tennessee.

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