Billy Napier and Select Players Media Availability (11/9/22)

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    • #25456
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Coming up shortly, Billy Napier and select players will be meeting with the media for the final time this week before they host South Carolina on Saturday. Follow along for live updates.

    • #25457
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Livestream for Napier’s PC: https://www.youtube.com/c/gatorsfb

    • #25458
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Napier has arrived.

      He opened up by discussing how military members have visited and spoke with the team twice this week and gave them a lot of perspective.

      “We’ve had some really unique opportunities to invite some really important people.”

    • #25459
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On ball control and controlling the game clock: Said that the defense getting off the field early plays an equal role as the offense staying on the field.

      “We’re still searching for that complete game where we play well in all three phases for all four quarters.”

    • #25460
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On receivers blocking out in the perimeter: “If you don’t want to block, you can stand by me.”

    • #25461
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On South Carolina’s gadget plays: “They’re No. 1 in the league in field-position differential.”

      Said they have to make sure to cover special teams and watch out for those gadget plays throughout the game.

    • #25462
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On the leadership of the 18 seniors in his first season: “Some of these guys in particular in a lot of different ways.”

      Said that he’s seen a lot of character growth and high quality leadership from what he calls a special group.

      Adds that he thinks the players are more resilient than the coaching staff due to constant change in staff and systems. Said there’s a lot of pros, including staff turnover in the NFL, and cons to it.

    • #25463
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On recruiting in the last home game: Said they’ve been intentional about getting players in, but it’s been slightly difficult with HS playoff games being moved to Saturday.

    • #25464
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On freshmen’s playing time possibly being detrimental to growth: Said he believes that the biggest area of growth comes after the first season of serious playing time.

      Said that with game-time plus 8-9 months of prep in the offseason leads to significant improvement from year one to year two.

    • #25465
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On Justin Shorter: On a modified practice schedule, still questionable and they’ll see it throughout the week.

      Ja’Quavion Fraziars is out with a significant shoulder injury.

      Napier says we’ll see a lot of Marcus Burke and Caleb Douglas on Saturday.

    • #25466
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On his senior day outline: “I have no clue. We’ll show up, take pictures, do my part.”

      Jokingly says, “We’ll quality control it when it’s over.”

    • #25467
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On the reason for military appreciation: Said that he’s had personal experiences with military members that led him to appreciate them.

    • #25468
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Napier is done. Amari Burney is next.

      Despite participating in senior day last year, Burney said he knew that he was going to return after conversations with Dan Mullen.

    • #25469
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On his most memorable moment: His INT against Utah to open up the Napier-era.

    • #25470
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On playing Spencer Rattler again: Said that the guys from the 2020 team joked that they thought they would never play him again, but they have an opportunity to get one back against him.

      Said the key is to keep him in the pocket.

    • #25471
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On his relationships with Ventrell Miller and Trey Dean III: Said it took a while to build relationships due to his shyness, but once he started rooming with Dean and spending time with Miller as his position-mate, the relationship grew.

      Said that they can cuss at each other, yell at each other and talk like friends with each other.

    • #25473
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On his favorite non-football memory, Burney said the team got “a little turnt” after the Utah game, but he doesn’t want to go into too many details.

    • #25474
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On what Trey Dean III brings to the table: “I’m not a big talker, but when I make a big play, I know Trey Dean will be talking for me.”

    • #25475
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On their loss to SC last year:

      Said last year’s team is last year’s team and this year’s team is this year’s. Two completely different teams, so it doesn’t have any major affect on them. They want to get one back.

    • #25476
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On the future of the program: “They in good hands, great hands as a matter of fact.”

      Said he’s told the coaches that he wishes he had them for four years, and he makes sure that the young guys, mainly Shemar James, knows that.

    • #25477
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Burney said he doesn’t have any regrets about his time at UF.

    • #25478
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On Shemar James: Said he’s picked up the game quickly. So much so, he’s actually taken notes from James’ play, especially how to get off blocks.

    • #25479
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On his spot in the NFL: Just said that he doesn’t care what he plays, whether it’s MLB or a big nickel, he just wants to play on Sunday.

      Burney is done. Richard Gouraige is here

    • #25480
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Gouraige said he remembers like it was yesterday when he first walked onto campus. Said he wants to cherish every moment on Saturday

    • #25481
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Gouraige said he remembers like it was yesterday when he first walked onto campus. Said he wants to cherish every moment on Saturday

    • #25482
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On the bond in the OL room: Said that their motto is 5=1, and that they have been passing those lessons and advice down to the younger guys.

    • #25483
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On lining up and making big hits on the guy across from him: “That’s what you’re in the SEC for.”

    • #25484
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On Austin Barber: “He’s like my little brother… just teach him little things I wish the older guys taught me when I was here.”

    • #25485
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On the satisfaction of being one of the best UF OL groups in a while: Said it started in January when they dedicated themselves to being one of the best in the country. Said it’s super gratifying.

    • #25486
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On Napier’s message of being a good teammate: Said he wants to be to the young guys what guys like Martez Ivey and Jawaan Taylor were for him when he was younger.

    • #25487
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On the off-field impact of the new coaching staff: “I’m glad (Napier) brought in these coaches.”

      Said it doesn’t matter what position, they can go to any coach to ask for football or life advice at moment. Adds that this also comes from the guest speakers the staff brings in.

    • #25488
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      On family coming to the game and emotions running: “My mom, she’s a big ol’ teddy bear.”

    • #25489
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Although Gouraige is participating in Senior Day, he said he’s undecided on if he will declare for the NFL or return, as he’ll still have eligibility left.

    • #25490
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Gouraige is done. That concludes the press availability tonight.

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