Tyler Murphy and Jacoby Brissett are enjoying life in the ACC.
Murphy is the conference’s second-leading rusher with 500 yards and has already led Boston College to an upset of Southern California.
Brissett has thrown 108 consecutive passes without an interception, leads the ACC in total offense (280.8) a game and is second in pass efficiency (166.7) for N.C. State, which is 4-0.
What do they have in common?
They both once started at Florida.
Murphy started six games for the Gators last year before transferring to Boston College. Brissett started two games as a freshman in 2011 and played valuable minutes in 2012 before transferring and sitting out 2013.
Meanwhile, time could be running out on Jeff Driskel’s opportunities at Florida, where current and former players are wondering when coach Will Muschamp will go to Treon Harris.
Driskel was dismal at Alabama, going 9-for-28 (32 percent) for 93 yards and two picks (also a TD pass), leading WR Demarcus Robinson to tweet — and then delete — that he should be replaced.
Murphy has powered Boston College’s run game, which is fourth in the FBS with 336.3 yards a game. The Eagles have rushed for more than 400 yards in each of their past two games under coach Steve Addazio, a former offensive coordinator under Urban Meyer with the Gators.
Brissett also has played well — 1,005 yards passing with 10 TDs and one interception — but the Wolfpack haven’t played a rugged schedule, a fact that will change when No. 1 Florida State visits Raleigh on Saturday.
I don’t think Florida’s record would be different than 2-1 if either Murphy or Brissett were starting instead of Driskel.
The Gators have won the games they were supposed to win and lost at Alabama, which was expected.
They’re probably glad they left Florida and have landed in stable situations.