- September 21, 2022 at 11:20 am #21706
Coming up shortly, Billy Napier will be joining the call at the SEC Teleconference to preview Saturday’s game against Tennessee. Follow along for live updates.
- September 21, 2022 at 11:22 am #21707
Napier is here.
“The big thing for our team is we’re very much a work in progress.”
Napier said he really likes the group as far as rising to adversity and sticking together, but they clearly need in improve in execution.
- September 21, 2022 at 11:23 am #21708
On the tight ends: “Very thankful for the group we have, Dante Zanders in particular.”
Adds that Zanders’ transition back to TE is an adjustment as well as Zipperer’s inexperience. Added that they played better against USF than the last two, and that he wants to get them more involved in the passing game as they get more experience.
- September 21, 2022 at 11:24 am #21709
Florida is tied for fewest penalty yards per game in the SEC, but Napier said that he still believes they have committed too many, mainly on special teams.
- September 21, 2022 at 11:26 am #21710
On the QBs behind Richardson: “I thought Jalen Kitna had his best week last week.”
Said Jalen is the team’s stand alone QB2.
Jack Miller III’s return is TBD based on his progress this week and his comfort level.
- September 21, 2022 at 11:27 am #21711
On playing against Hendon Hooker: Said the Vols have a great system that sets him up for success.
The reporter who asked the question pointed out that Hooker’s INT total is two in his career:
“I think he’s got three interceptions in his career actually.”
- September 21, 2022 at 11:30 am #21712
On experience in a QB: Napier said it’s just repetition. Although Richardson has been at UF longer than Hooker has been at UT, Hooker started last season and is in his second season in their system, while this is Richardson’s first season as the full-time starter and first season in a new system.
“Football is a developmental game, and you do that in the practice field.”
- September 21, 2022 at 11:33 am #21713
On playing in Neyland Stadium: “I think it’s one of the great things about the SEC is the venues.”
Said that the passion, history and tradition of schools and fans make the SEC a special place, and Tennessee is a perfect example.
- September 21, 2022 at 11:35 am #21714
On what he knows about the rivalry between both teams: “My family on my dad’s side were big Tennessee fans and still are.”
Said that growing up, he has family that lived in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama, and with coaching at Alabama, he complete understands and respects the rivalry.
Napier is done. Next up: Napier and players media availability tonight at 6:30 p.m.
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