Billy Napier media availability: 8/21/22

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  • #19228
    Cam Parker
    ITG Staff

    Coming up at approximately 2:30, Billy Napier will be meeting with the media from the Heavener Football Complex. Stay tuned for updates.

    #19229
    Cam Parker
    ITG Staff
    #19230
    Cam Parker
    ITG Staff

    On Scrimmage 2: “There’s a lot of good on the tape,” but says there’s still more work needed:

    Defensively: inconsistent tackling and gap integrity during the second scrimmage, but these weren’t issues previously.

    Offensively: said the perimeter play by receivers and tight ends need to improve. Additionally, the team did not perform up to standard in the red area for the second week.

    #19231
    Cam Parker
    ITG Staff

    “We’re thankful that the single-game tickets were sold out for Utah.”

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    Cam Parker
    ITG Staff

    On the OL depth: “I think we know who the 6th, 7th and 8th offensive linemen are.”

    #19233
    Cam Parker
    ITG Staff

    Offensively: “We were much improved offensively in particular.”

    Said they didn’t turn the ball over until the final play of the scrimmage.

    On the penalties: said they had 1 undisciplined penalty.

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    Cam Parker
    ITG Staff

    On Ricky Pearsall and Jason Marshall: “We feel really good about their progress and we anticipate getting them back this week.”

    #19235
    Cam Parker
    ITG Staff

    On Jack Miller III: Said they expect him to be out the first two weeks. Said it was the same surgery as Drew Brees a couple weeks ago.

    Said the competition is between Jalen Kitna and Kyle Engel, with Brown a bit behind due to experience.

    On if he’s ok with having to potentially put Kitna in the game despite just coming off of an injury: “No doubt.”

    Says he’s one of the smartest guys in the room.

    #19236
    Cam Parker
    ITG Staff

    On Richardson running the ball despite the lack of depth and experience behind him: “For us to win, we have to play to his strengths.”

    On the running back rotation: “I think we’ve got some guys in that room that can play winning football.”

    Says all four guys are trustworthy and dependable.

    #19237
    Cam Parker
    ITG Staff

    On the offseason rule changes: says all are good for the game and keeping players safe.

    Says the most significant one is not being allowed to cut block on the outside anymore. Said that despite the change, their offense should still be able to continue.

    #19238
    Cam Parker
    ITG Staff

    “Anthony has been very pleased as of late.”

    Said Richardson has improved over the last few practices. Points out his character, his growth and his ability.

    Said they still have work to do to get prepared for being a starter.

    Going back to his first start against UGA last season: “I don’t know if he even knew he was gonna start that week.”

    #19239
    Cam Parker
    ITG Staff

    Said the challenge for Richardson is embracing that he’s the standard.

    Said that everyone should be able to look at Richardson and see an example of what playing at the University of Florida is like.

    “When he walks in the room, the mood should change. When he’s on the field, the mood should change.”

    #19240
    Cam Parker
    ITG Staff

    On the kicker competition: A lot of that is to be determined.

    Said they could have two kickers or just one.

    However, he’s confident in both guys going into Utah.

    On Ethan White and David Connor being out: White had a minor procedure but will be back shortly, Connor will be out longer.

    #19241
    Cam Parker
    ITG Staff

    Napier is done. That concludes the availability.

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