- November 2, 2022 at 6:22 pm #24924
Coming up shortly, head coach Billy Napier and select players will be meeting with the media to preview Saturday’s matchup with Texas A&M. Follow along for live coverage.
- November 2, 2022 at 6:28 pm #24925
- November 2, 2022 at 6:44 pm #24926
Napier is here:
Said the team has had good urgency and effort this week, especially the last two days.
- November 2, 2022 at 6:45 pm #24927
“Effort is non-negotiable”
- November 2, 2022 at 6:47 pm #24928
On the urgency of younger players with Cox being gone and a few injuries: “Yeah without question.”
TE Jonathan Odom is a part of that list with Zipperer being hurt. Said he’s really excited to get an opportunity on the field.
- November 2, 2022 at 6:48 pm #24929
On TAMU RB Devon Achane: “When you talk about defending this group, he’s certainly at the top of that list.”
Describes him as a “one-play touchdown” player. Adds that kick coverage will play a big role
- November 2, 2022 at 6:51 pm #24930
On TAMU’s true freshmen getting early playing time: Said he’s focused a lot on their DL and adds that their team is a great example of “rookies” earning early playing time.
On what he’s learned about NIL: “What a year to be a first-year head coach.”
Said that NIL has obviously “shifted the landscape” and said that it’s very fluid as far as state laws, NCAA rules and enforcement.
“It’s almost like living in a land with no laws.”
- November 2, 2022 at 6:52 pm #24931
Napier said that uniformity is important in NIL. Adds that he thinks most coaches would agree on making balance throughout the landscape.
- November 2, 2022 at 6:54 pm #24932
Once again, Napier compares to NIL and Transfer Portal to NFL free agency and draft.
- November 2, 2022 at 6:55 pm #24934
On WR Justin Shorter: practiced minimally this week due to a hamstring injury and they will take it day-by-day.
On fast starts: “Analytics will tell you fast starts are critical.”
- November 2, 2022 at 6:57 pm #24935
On Devin Moore: said his shoulder injury was something he was dealing with before he arrived on campus.
“We’re hopeful he’ll be back (in the offseason).”
On Keon Zipperer: It’s a knee injury, most likely won’t be available this week but is not long-term.
- November 2, 2022 at 6:59 pm #24936
Napier is done.
- November 2, 2022 at 7:02 pm #24937
Princely Umanmielen is here
- November 2, 2022 at 7:04 pm #24938
On Brenton Cox Jr.’s dismissal: Princely says that although Cox Jr. was a great player, there’s plenty of talent behind him, including Antwaun Powell-Ryland Jr.
Said it also puts pressure on him to perform at a high level
- November 2, 2022 at 7:06 pm #24939
Umanmielen: It’s a bit of a homecoming as he is from Texas.
Says nearly 30 family members will be there.
Was originally committed to Texas, but felt that scouting and opportunity was greater at Florida.
Says there’s no love lost between either schools and he wasn’t a fan of either growing up.
- November 2, 2022 at 7:07 pm #24940
With the team coming off two losses, Umanmielen said it’s critical to start the month of November off strong.
For a bowl game, he says Napier has preached winning the last five (which includes a potential bowl game). With four wins, the Gators need two more to become bowl-eligible.
- November 2, 2022 at 7:08 pm #24941
On the team’s unity at the moment: Said that the team has grown closer as the season progresses, unlike camp where tempers flair due to playing each other every day.
- November 2, 2022 at 7:10 pm #24942
On Texas A&M’s QB situation: Said that neither are running QBs, which is an advantage in the pass rush.
On potentially moving over to the JACK linebacker spot, said it might be a 3rd down situation, but most likely won’t happen due to the depth at that spot.
- November 2, 2022 at 7:14 pm #24943
On Devon Achane: Knows him through a recruiting visit, and Achane was Avery Helm’s teammate in HS.
Said that TAMU runs a lot of counter with him, which is one thing he says they have improved on. Adds that their kick-coverage performance against UGA gives them confidence to stop him on special teams.
- November 2, 2022 at 7:15 pm #24944
On overall execution: Said it comes down to miscommunication.
Said he’ll look to the sideline and sometimes can’t see the signal. Home crowd noise also affects it.
Umanmielen is done, Xzavier Henderson is up next.
- November 2, 2022 at 7:25 pm #24946
On his role this season: Said he knew he would have to step up with a new staff as he is a vet.
On his TD against UGA: Said he smiled the entire play and admitted he uses the big screen to see if there’s a defender behind him rather than looking behind him
- November 2, 2022 at 7:26 pm #24947
On his role with Justin Shorter being hurt: Said it’s been important all season to pick up slack as they’ve been doubted as a room.
Said all they can do is continue putting in the work
- November 2, 2022 at 7:27 pm #24948
On Trevor Etienne: “Trevor nice, I ain’t gonna lie.”
Said he enjoys blocking for him on KOR.
“He really has more tips for me.”
- November 2, 2022 at 7:28 pm #24949
On Richardson’s growth the last three seasons: Said he’s seen him grow as a leader, mainly vocally.
- November 2, 2022 at 7:32 pm #24950
On playing in Texas (long travel, time zone change): Said this is what the team prayed and worked for this.
“If you ain’t motivated by now, I don’t know how to help you.”
On playing at TAMU: Said he remembers how loud it was two years ago, especially for a COVID game. Adds he expects more of that 12th man energy again.
On facing WR Evan Stewart: Said he tried to recruit him and he looks forward to seeing his speed in action.
That concludes the PC. Next press availability will be postgame against TAMU
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