Billy Napier Press Availability: 8/29/22

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    Zackary Weiss
    ITG Subscriber

    Billy Napier will be meeting with the media at approximately 11:30 to preview this week’s game against Utah. Follow along right here for live updates.

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    Zackary Weiss
    ITG Subscriber

    Napier opens with an ode to the fans. “Be there early. Know that you can contribute to the game.” He clearly expects and looks forward to a wild Swamp on Saturday.

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    Zackary Weiss
    ITG Subscriber

    Napier on where he feels he made the biggest strides to have this program ready for Utah: “I think that’s a question to be asked at a different time of the year … We’re focused on the things we need to do today to get our team ready to win the game.”

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    Zackary Weiss
    ITG Subscriber

    “We’ve done a lot of mock situations to prepare for this week.” Napier now speaking on controlling distractions and setting priorities – having a specific plan. On setting priorities – “self discipline, focus, keeping the main thing the main thing throughout the week … Each week you start over … It’s like taking a final exam every week … Each week, erase the board and start over.”

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    Zackary Weiss
    ITG Subscriber

    Napier says he won’t have butterflies and jitters, that over time he’s learned how to be well prepared and have confidence.

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    Zackary Weiss
    ITG Subscriber

    On approach to play-calling on game-day: “We have a process we go through … as you approach the game, we do a number of different things. The quarterback is involved …”

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    Zackary Weiss
    ITG Subscriber

    Napier now talking about spending time during the week with (presumably) Anthony Richardson, creating chemistry and morale, going over plays.

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    Zackary Weiss
    ITG Subscriber

    Napier on Utah: “They’re balanced … I admire the brand of football that they play … They’re coordinator – I’ve watched this guy for a long time. He’s good at what he does … There’s a reason they’re well thought of going into the season.”

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    Zackary Weiss
    ITG Subscriber

    Napier says that he’s very pleased with Richardson’s attitude and approach. “Now we get to zero the focus in on a specific plan.” Says that Richardson is buying into the game-plan.

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    Zackary Weiss
    ITG Subscriber

    “We’d like to get to a place around here where our preparation is really the same regardless of who we play.”

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    Zackary Weiss
    ITG Subscriber

    Napier, exiting the press conference, on his calm demeanor: “It’s Monday.”

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    Zackary Weiss
    ITG Subscriber

    Now on Podium: Dante Zanders

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    Zackary Weiss
    ITG Subscriber

    Zanders says that they were an “undisciplined” team last year, looks forward to a change of pace this season with Napier.

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    Zackary Weiss
    ITG Subscriber

    Zanders on preparing for Utah’s physicality: “I feel like we’re prepared … We’re a physical team as well.”

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    Zackary Weiss
    ITG Subscriber

    Zanders on the biggest improvement in Anthony Richardson since Spring: “Leadership.”

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    Zackary Weiss
    ITG Subscriber

    Zanders, continuing on Richardson, “”He’s Kadarius Toney at the quarterback position … He’s an incredible player.”

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    Zackary Weiss
    ITG Subscriber

    “I feel like a kid the night before Christmas” – Zanders on this first game-week

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    Zackary Weiss
    ITG Subscriber

    Now on Podium: Amari Burney

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    Zackary Weiss
    ITG Subscriber

    Burney on the challenge that Utah’s Tight Ends present: “They got two good Tight Ends – No. 80 and No. 86.”

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    Zackary Weiss
    ITG Subscriber

    Burney says that limiting penalties has been and is going to continue to be a major emphasis for the team on both ends.

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    Zackary Weiss
    ITG Subscriber

    Burney on Cam Rising: “He’s a great quarterback – sneaky fast.”

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    Zackary Weiss
    ITG Subscriber

    Burney, just before exiting the press conference, on Coach Bateman: “He’s my life coach off the field as well … I’m very grateful for him.”

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    Zackary Weiss
    ITG Subscriber

    Now on Podium: Jeremy Crawshaw

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    Zackary Weiss
    ITG Subscriber

    “We knew we didn’t play up to our standard last year … We know we aren’t ranked and that [Utah] is.”

    Crawshaw says that the team is well aware of Utah’s prowess and that Florida is absolutely ready to prove themselves.

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    Zackary Weiss
    ITG Subscriber

    Crawshaw says that Napier came in and right away placed a huge emphasis on the team coming together, becoming one – creating a sense of family.

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