UF-SC Postgame Press Conference

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    • #25902
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Following the Gators’ 38-6 win over the Gamecocks, head coach Billy Napier and select players will address the media. Follow along here for live updates.

    • #25907
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Napier says before anything, he has to thank the fans.

      Acknowledges that this was the largest average home crowd attendance since 2015.

    • #25908
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Says this week has been really impactful to his team and staff.

      “The football’s improved because the people are improving. There’s a brotherhood in that room.”

    • #25909
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Continuing to harp on the team’s success being in large part due to intangibles and growing as people just as much as football players.

    • #25910
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      “I’m not worried about a bowl game.”

      Says he’s more worried about that guys in the locker room improving.

    • #25911
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      “They know who’s doing their part and who’s not.” – Napier on his team’s character

    • #25912
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      “It’s unfortunate we turned the ball over there at the end. We played 4 games without a turnover.”

    • #25913
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Napier says the focus during the week was to win the turnover margin and be effective rushing the ball.

    • #25914
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Napier says special teams were an issue tonight — specifically mentions the botched FG, blocked FG, and fake-punt TD given up.

    • #25916
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Adds that the special teams unit is a good, talented group. Works hard.

    • #25917
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On Caleb Douglas, Napier says he has a huge ceiling. Is only going to get better and better.

      “Consistent worker. He’s a good young player. He’s only going to get better from here.”

      Adds that he is not just a good player, but smart – and willing to call guys out in the locker room too.

    • #25919
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      “Ventrell Miller is as good of a human being as I’ve been around in my career … He’s an old soul.”

    • #25920
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Napier, on his outgoing seniors, says he’ll remember ‘Trell specifically for the aforementioned reasoning. Adds that he’s a “hell of a football player, too.”

    • #25921
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On the Trevor Etienne 85-yarder, Napier gives credit to receivers for blocking and “Ant” making the right decision.

      Adds, with a smile on his face, that players were “giving him a hard time” for losing some speed there at the end and getting tackled right in the front of the endzone.

    • #25922
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Desmond Watson’s name was brought up, and Billy Napier immediately couldn’t hold back an ear-to-ear grin.

      “Im proud of him,” he said. “He’s come a long way.”

      Speaks to how much he loved the sideline energy after that play, and how impressive of a play it was.

    • #25923
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Now on the podium: Ventrell Miller

    • #25924
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      With a smile on his face, says that while he’s been offered NIL deals, year 7 is indeed out of the question. “It’s my time to go.”

    • #25925
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Miller on Desmond Watson’s big play.

      “He switched hands and everything. I seen him.”

    • #25926
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On if the locker room believes they’ve turned a corner: “Most definitely.”

      Says it’s been a different energy in practice since the A&M game.

    • #25927
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Now on the podium: Anthony Richardson

    • #25929
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      AR on the how formidible a dominant run game makes this team: “That’s been a blessing for us.” Says they’re tough to beat when they’re running the ball like they did tonight.

    • #25930
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On if the win over South Carolina was his last game in The Swamp:
      “I haven’t really thought about it … We’re just tryna win every game now.”

    • #25931
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Says he “definitely” plans on playing in the bowl game.

    • #25932
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      “We’ve been trying to get this going all year … We’re more than excited … ‘Bout time we play complementary football.” — AR on the how it feels having the team rolling right now

    • #25933
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Says that ever since that Georgia loss, they’ve been focusing on going 5-0 — on going 1-0 every week.

    • #25934
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On the run game dominance: “We were clicking. The O-line, running game and myself.”

    • #25935
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      “Shoutout to Des for making a big play.” Says that given the way they were already celebrating, that if Watson scored, they might’ve just ran into the locker room.

    • #25936
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Now on the podium: Trey Dean

    • #25937
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Dean says that he knew this new coaching staff had a great plan before deciding to come back.

    • #25938
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      “Ain’t no other place like The Swamp. I’m glad to be a Gator.”

    • #25939
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      On his play the past few games and progression throughout this season, Dean says the credit goes to Napier and his staff, who are teaching him new things “after every game.”

    • #25940
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      That wraps up the press conference.

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