Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy will transfer

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Another quarterback is leaving Florida after the program’s first losing season since 1979.

Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy, who started six games this year, will transfer to another school. He graduated Saturday.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy, who started six games this year, will transfer to another school. He graduated Saturday.

Tyler Murphy, who started six games and might have gotten a shot at the job in 2014, announced Sunday that he’s leaving to play his senior year elsewhere.

Murphy joins freshman Max Staver as quarterbacks who have left the program after Florida coach Will Muschamp fired offensive coordinator Brent Pease and offensive line coach Tim Davis.

The departures leave the Gators with just two scholarship quarterbacks: injured starter Jeff Driskel and freshman Skyler Mornhinweg. Highly touted recruit Will Grier is expected to enroll in January.

Murphy, who graduated Saturday and can play right away at another school, completed 60.5 percent of his passes for 1,216 yards, with six touchdowns and five interceptions. He also was sacked 22 times.

NORTH DAKOTA STATE: Chris Klieman will be the next head football coach at the FCS powerhouse.

The 46-year-old Klieman is completing his third season as an assistant coach with the Bison, the past two as defensive coordinator. He previously served as an assistant coach for nine years at Northern Iowa.

Klieman replaces Craig Bohl, who is headed to Wyoming when NDSU finishes its quest toward a third consecutive national title.

Klieman, a native of Waterloo, Iowa, played defensive back at Northern Iowa.

The Bison defeated Coastal Carolina 48-14 Saturday in the FCS quarterfinals. They face New Hampshire in Friday’s semifinal game at the Fargodome.

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