Napier Press Conference 11/16/2022

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    • #26184
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Coming up at approximately 6:30 p.m., Gators head coach Billy Napier and select players will address the media. Follow along right here for live updates:

    • #26187
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Napier has yet to arrive to the press conference.

    • #26188
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Now on the podium: Billy Napier

    • #26189
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Said he just got done having a long talk with the team, why he was a bit late to the PC. Says he’s building a culture of truly good men who are willing to completely buy in and play for eachother.

    • #26190
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Said they were “exceptional” defensively today at practice.

    • #26191
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On Vanderbilt’s QB situation, he said they will plan as if both are going to play.

    • #26192
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Says it’s a shame when players enter the transfer portal before the season’s end. “Control what you can control. That’s what we’re doing.”

    • #26193
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Says if it was up to him, players wouldn’t be allowed to enter the transfer portal before the season ends.

    • #26194
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On how he evaluates players at practice:

      “It’s the attitude, the mindset, the way they speak to eachother.”

    • #26195
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On the team’s reported release of LB Diwun Black:

      “He’s focusing on academics right now. It’s really important that he has additional time to focus on academics. Yeah, that’s all I’ll say about that.”

    • #26196
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Says after “certainly not the best offseason in the world,” Desmond Watson changed a gear in training camp and has earned the spot he now has.

      “I think that the guy has way more room to grow.”

    • #26197
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On Watson: “He’s light on his feet.”

      Adds that he a smart man who’s learning to have discipline and that he couldn’t be more proud of him.

      “He’s gonna be fun to watch.”

    • #26198
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On Anthony Richardson’s in-season improvement, says he’s communicating better, improving on knowledge of defenses and getting better each day figuring out structure and getting ahead of things.

    • #26199
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Now on the podium: Rashad Torrence

    • #26200
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Says he takes pride in being one of the top communicators on the team and that it comes from having an understanding of both sides of the ball.

    • #26201
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On Desmond Watson’s potential: “Oh Big Des? His ceiling’s really high.”

    • #26202
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Speaks highly of Miguel Mitchell, says they’ve taken him under their wing a bit in that DB room.

    • #26203
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      “Obviously, early in the season we weren’t as good as we wanted to be on third down.”

      Say’s they took that personal and have specifically looked to improve in those situations as the season’s gone on.

    • #26204
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On Amari Burney’s development, says he’s made “tremendous” strides learning the playbook and knowing his role and job.

    • #26205
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On Patrick Toney: “PT’s my guy.”

      Adds that he feels like Toney leans on him a bit as a leader of the defense.

    • #26206
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On how they didn’t let the outside criticism of Toney affect them earlier this season: “It’s just our belief in his plan for us.”

      Says not straying from his plan when things weren’t going well was important to the group’s improvement.

    • #26207
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Torrence says the team isn’t really going out of their way to prepare for cold weather.

      “It’s more of a mentality.”

    • #26208
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Now on the podium: Desmond Watson

    • #26209
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On what he was thinking after ripping the ball out on his big play against South Carolina:

      “Touchdown.”

    • #26210
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      “I feel like every time I open my phone I see it at least 2, 3 times.” — Watson on the popularity of his takeaway.

    • #26212
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Says while it’s “cool” to get high ratings on sites like PFF, it’s really a team effort more than anything.

    • #26213
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Says he’s focused on minimizing his mistakes.

      On his own potential, adds that “the sky’s the limit.”

    • #26214
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      “I feel like we’re all athletes.”

      Says the defense is comfortable with eachother because they know everyone is athletic and can play.

    • #26215
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On his charity work: “I feel like it’s just a positive for everyone.” Says he really enjoys getting out there and making people’s day.

    • #26216
      Zackary Weiss
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    • #26217
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      That concludes today’s press conference.

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