Florida’s ‘situation’ at quarterback is one of the reasons Richardson isn’t running as much

Sep 19, 2022 | 2 comments

On Monday, Gator football head coach Billy Napier, quarterback Anthony Richardson, offensive guard O’Cyrus Torrence, safety Tre’vez Johnson and running back Montrell Johnson met with the media to recap the team’s win over South Florida and preview Saturday’s matchup against Tennessee.

Here are the main takeaways:

Billy Napier

  • Florida’s offense scored 24 points on Saturday night, while gaining only 329 yards, but on Monday Napier said that while there weren’t perfect, he saw some good on that side of the ball. “I think, when we watch the tape, we see a lot of good, in particular on offense. I thought there was a lot of good. We improved certain parts of our team there.”
  • According to Napier, the Gators have put Saturday behind them and have begun looking ahead to the No. 12 ranked Tennessee Volunteers. “We turned the page here yesterday, probably halfway through the day, and started working on Tennessee. Tennessee has got a good football team. You can see where Coach Heupel and his staff have improved in their time there. A lot cleaner product in all three areas of their team on film. Much cleaner football — offense, defense, and special teams — maybe compared to last year.”
  • The Gators are going to have to deal with Tennessee’s hurry-up offense. “I think there will be some strategy when it comes to that, in terms of controlling the tempo of the game, and I do think that how you play offensively can ultimately influence how they play offense. But I think you’re about right that. It’s about every 20 1/2 seconds or so they’re running a play. I know they want to do it in 18. That’s part of their philosophy. There’s some things that go with that. I think the key is first and ten’s a big down when you play these teams, and certainly, you’ve got to try to knock them out of their rhythm. It can become a problem for you when it turns into five, six, seven, eight-play drives.”
  • Speaking of offense, while Tennessee is flying high, statistically speaking, Florida is among the worst in college football – ranking No. 97 in total offense, No. 121 in pass offense, and No. 126 in pass efficiency. I think that we need to improve in the throw game, and that’s one of the points of emphasis with the offensive players yesterday is precision in the throw game.
  • On Saturday night Anthony Richardson carried the ball seven times for 24 yards, and now has 24 carries for 124-yards through three games. Napier reiterated that Florida’s lack of depth at quarterback is one of the reasons Richardson hasn’t been called on to run as much. “I think our situation at quarterback has something to do with that, if that makes sense, but I also believe the guy’s made some plays with his legs. The guy made two third down conversions in the game the other day, where it’s third and seven to ten, long, extra long, and he goes through his progression and then breaks the pocket and makes a play.”
  • Transfer cornerback Jalen Kimber elected to forego surgery which would have kept him out, to instead play Saturday night with a cast on his arm. His pick-six provided the winning margin for Florida against South Florida. “It really says a lot about the kid’s character because he knew our situation with Jaydon Hill being out. So he was in the rotation, chose to go the long haul there, and for him to make a pick six at a critical moment, I think was big.”
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WCC: Updates on everything  Billy Napier, Anthony Richardson, O’Cyrus Torrence, Tre’vez Johnson, and Montrell Johnson had to say can be seen HERE.

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