Billy Napier Press Availability: 9/7/22

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    • #20533
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Billy Napier and select players will be meeting with the media at approximately 6:30 to preview this week’s matchup vs. Kentucky. Follow along right here for live updates.

    • #20534
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Napier: “We’re extremely excited to announce that the Kentucky game is sold out.”

    • #20535
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On Ricky Pearsall: He proved his worth and dependability last week.

    • #20536
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      “We’re gonna do everything that we can do win the game. We never hold anything back.”

    • #20537
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Napier says they have work to do when it comes to discipline and decision-making. “We need to improve in those areas.”

    • #20538
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On if he is pleased with Anthony Richardson’s decision making Saturday: “Very much so … He understands what’s going on out there.”

    • #20539
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On pressure: “These venues, these environments, this league, this level … It’s really an opportunity … As soon as I see the word pressure in my mind I think ‘opportunity’.”

    • #20540
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On if having the game at the same time back-to-back week helps: “Definitely.”

    • #20541
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On Cam Rising: “He’s tough.” Napier emphasizing how they’ve got to win more 1 on 1s and really get to the quarterback, not let Rising run free.

    • #20542
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On addressing the Gators No. 12 ranking with the team, Napier said he didn’t. The team doesn’t pay any attention to that whatsoever.

    • #20543
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On Tyreak Sapp: “He represents everything we want our football players to be.”

    • #20544
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      “Football is a game that is about people, strategy and competition. If you ever put competition at the top of that list, you’re not going to get the return you want.”

    • #20545
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Now on the podium: Kingsley Eguakun

    • #20546
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On the AP poll: “I’m happy to be ranked No. 12 … It’s fun to see it.”

    • #20547
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Eguakan says that while the team acknowledges last year’s loss to Kentucky, it isn’t something they really ever talk about.

    • #20548
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On Anthony Richardson’s 2-point conversion: “We saw him do it twice in training camp.” Says it “wasn’t anything crazy.”

    • #20549
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      “I like Montrell [Johnson] a lot. I think he’s a good player, hard worker.”

    • #20550
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On Dan Mullen ranking them fourth in the SEC East: “We joked about it the day it came out.” Says the locker room was well-aware.

    • #20551
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Now on the podium: Ricky Pearsall

    • #20552
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Pearsall said that there is definitely a difference in the atmosphere between the SEC and PAC-12. “The Swamp is different.”

    • #20553
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On being in the transfer portal, Pearsall says that Billy Napier made him want to be here.

    • #20554
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Pearsall on playing with Anthony Richardson: “It’s a blessing.”

    • #20555
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Continuing… “He’s got a rocket for an arm. He could throw it across the whole field if he wanted to.”

    • #20556
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On his dad’s influence on him: “He’s my biggest critic.” Says he and his dad started throwing the football when he was two years old, still gets texts to this day on individual plays.

    • #20557
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Pearsall on the Kentucky game selling out: “I think that’s amazing … We need to sellout every game.”

    • #20558
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Now on the podium: Jason Marshall Jr.

    • #20559
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Marshall on the Swamp selling out again: “It helps us … I feel like that helps the defense a lot.”

    • #20560
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On Devin Moore: “He had a great game, was thrown right into the fire … He grew tremendously understanding the game.” Says his ball skills, size and understanding of the game help him succeed.

    • #20561
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      “Last year, things were going wrong.” Marshall says that there was a lot of cursing each other out, something that doesn’t happen now under Napier – they’ve really “came together” as a team, which is something Napier emphasizes emphatically.

    • #20562
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      That’s all from the press conference.

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