Looking to fill some gaping holes in what will be a retooled offense, the Boston College football team picked up a pair of fifth-year graduate transfers from Florida in quarterback Tyler Murphy and offensive lineman Ian Silberman.
Murphy, a 6-foot-2-inch, 210-pounder from Wethersfield, Conn., and Silberman, a 6-6, 310-pounder from Fleming Island, Fla., have already enrolled as midyear transfers, according to a team source. They likely project as veteran replacements for quarterback Chase Rettig and tackles Ian White or Matt Patchan.
Patchan graduated from Florida but transferred to BC last year to play out his final year of eligibility, where he was reunited with BC coach Steve Addazio, who recruited Patchan to Florida. Addazio was his position coach in Gainsville, Fla.
Efforts to reach Addazio late Tuesday night were not successful.
Murphy, who was recruited by Addazio when he was a Florida assistant, went 2-4 as a starter and threw for 1,216 yards and six touchdowns last season. Murphy wound up missing the last three games with a sprained right throwing shoulder he initially injured in October vs. Louisiana State.
Murphy likely will vie for the job with freshman Darius Wade, a 6-1, 185-pound prospect from Middletown, Del., who has enrolled early at the school.
Murphy will also be in competition with Josh Bordner, who served as Rettig’s backup last season, and James Walsh, who was listed as the third quarterback on BC’s roster.
Silberman landed at BC after rescinding his offer to play his fifth season of eligibility at Louisville when Charlie Strong left to become head coach at Texas. Silberman, who started as an offensive tackle but was moved to guard, played eight games and made four starts for the Gators last season.
With the interior of BC’s offensive line returning in the form of center Andy Galik and guards Harrison Williams and Bobby Vardaro, Silberman likely projects as a starter at tackle.Michael Vega can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Michael Vega can be reached at email@example.com.