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- October 8, 2022 at 3:29 pm #23097
Following the Gators’ 24-17 win over the Tigers at home, Billy Napier and select players will address the media. Follow along here for live updates.
- October 8, 2022 at 3:32 pm #23098
Napier, talking about Ventrell Miller, says he can’t count how many plays look like they’re going to develop until he comes in and shuts it down — has very high praise for the ILB
- October 8, 2022 at 3:33 pm #23099
“If we were giving out game balls, we’d give one to him today.” – Napier on Jaydon Hill
Continuing: “I always felt watching him in Spring ball that he was one of the best players we had.”
- October 8, 2022 at 3:34 pm #23100
“I very much think that we’re a work in progress, but I do believe in this team.”
- October 8, 2022 at 3:38 pm #23102
“Anthony did enough to win. His team won today.” Napier says that as a quarterback, that’s where your job begins and ends.
- October 8, 2022 at 3:40 pm #23104
“I got a long list of things that we can do better… and, that list, it’s there every morning when I wake up and every night when I go to bed.”
- October 8, 2022 at 3:43 pm #23110
Napier says that Richardson’s injury is nothing. He came back out and played well after entering the tent. Adds that on that 4th & 2 32 yard run, he went through every progression before deciding to run it.
- October 8, 2022 at 3:43 pm #23111
Now on the podium: Anthony Richardson
- October 8, 2022 at 3:44 pm #23113
Richardson says they were talking about getting their first SEC win “all week.”
“The energy in the locker room is great.”
- October 8, 2022 at 3:47 pm #23115
#Gators QB Anthony Richardson says that on his 4th & 2 32-yard run, Napier asked what play he wanted to run. Richardson says he chose that play, went through every progression, moved the protection and saw an opening up the middle. pic.twitter.com/n2sHI3mpXu
— Zack Weiss (@ZackaryWeiss_) October 8, 2022
- October 8, 2022 at 3:48 pm #23116
Richardson says that at halftime, the message was to come out with energy.
- October 8, 2022 at 3:50 pm #23117
Richardson says that before when Napier would ask him what plays he wanted to run, he’s take the “whatever you want, coach” route. Now, he’s comfortable really giving his voice and can feel Napier’s confidence in him.
- October 8, 2022 at 3:52 pm #23118
“I’m grateful,” Richardson says on his defense and special teams. He’s thankful that when the offense has halves like they did in the first tonight he can lean on the defense and ST.
- October 8, 2022 at 3:53 pm #23119
“I’m grateful to have Ventrell on the team … he shows us that guys are willing to do anything to win.”
- October 8, 2022 at 3:53 pm #23120
Now on the podium: Jaydon Hill
- October 8, 2022 at 3:56 pm #23121
“When I caught it and I saw green grass, it was over,” Hill says about his pick-6. “Nobody was stopping me.
- October 8, 2022 at 3:57 pm #23122
Hill says that he was supposed to be wearing a brace today — his last week with it. But, he woke up this morning and felt like he didn’t need it.
- October 8, 2022 at 3:59 pm #23123
Hill says that after the pick-6, some teammates were getting teary eyed for him.
- October 8, 2022 at 3:59 pm #23124
“That one pick-6 i got, i felt like it wasn’t enough … I just felt like I needed to touch the ball again.”
- October 8, 2022 at 4:03 pm #23125
#Gators CB Jaydon Hill says that after his pick-6, some teammates were getting teary eyed for him on the sideline.
“Seeing everybody so happy for me… makes me so happy.”
This guy’s smile is contagious right now. pic.twitter.com/4ZG0NSx309
— Zack Weiss (@ZackaryWeiss_) October 8, 2022
- October 8, 2022 at 4:03 pm #23126
That’s all from the press conference.
- October 8, 2022 at 5:02 pm #23133Mark WheelerForum Owner
Via Florida Sports Information
“Disappointing for my team, just the way they fought and continually fight in very difficult
circumstances to give themselves a chance. Got to find a way. Haven’t found that way yet and it’s not from a lack of effort or a lack of fight, just got to find a way.”
On the interceptions…
“I’m going to watch it on tape and see before I make comment. It won’t matter, it won’t change the result.”
On how hard it is to overcome big plays that go against you…
“You give up an interception for a touchdown and you have what would have been three points
and you take it off the board and that went to a touchdown drive. It can’t happen.”
On having trouble in the run game…
“They have good players. You have to try to run the ball at 51, Ventrell [Miller] is a heck of a player. We certainly found him, I mean we don’t mean to not block the middle linebacker on every play. We have to go back and see why we weren’t able to get him blocked. That was the main guy that I saw.”
On the offensive line…
“We were inconsistent. We can’t have four sacks and pressure on the quarterback. Inconsistent, but we are a work in progress.”
On what contributed to the big runs by Florida…
“It looked like we lost some gap fits. A couple of them were missed tackles. We didn’t keep our head up and they were able to leap over us. Missed plays. You know, you have them on fourth and three and they run a play that we have completely covered and the quarterback scrambles, which is a chance to completely flip the game right there. It was tied 17-17 in the third quarter, ball about the 38-yard line. Missed opportunities no different than the offense driving the ball right back down the field and throwing an interception. Missed opportunities on both side of the ball that on the road in this league you can’t have.”
On receivers stepping up…
“It was great to see Mekhi Miller step up and make some plays. We are pretty beat up right now with Luther [Burden] down. Barrett [Banister] is out, Chance [Luper] is out. Got to get some other people to step up.”
On what he got out of this game…
“Losses are lessons and that’s what they are. We are building for the future of this program and trying to get to where we want to be and you are going to have to go through some of these. It is hard and nobody likes it the guys in the locker room are spending hours. Coaches don’t like it. We absolutely can learn from it, we absolutely can learn from it. We have seen a lot of growth. We haven’t seen the results yet but we have seen a lot of growth. Totally different reaction than what happened at K-State. Auburn I thought we responded fine. The response I think we can be proud of is there was growth. We were 9 for 17 on third down which is our best output of the year. There were some really good things we are getting better at, we are just not getting the results we want and in this league that is unsatisfactory.”
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