Florida QB Anthony Richardson says he’s a Gator ‘proper now’
Anthony Richardson proved he was an electric playmaker in Florida’s 49-42 loss to LSU on Saturday. After quarterback Emory Jones started, he fought, Richardson came on permanently and went crazy with four straight touchdown drives.
However, his future with Florida was questioned after the game. Richardson was asked if fans were concerned he was leaving the program amid the quarterback situation.
The freshman quarterback gave a pretty intriguing answer
“I can’t really say anything about that,” said Richardson after the game. “Time is the only thing that says. Right now I’m a Gator.”
Richardson finished the game with 10 of 19 passes for 167 yards, three touchdowns, two interceptions, 37 rushing yards, and one rushing touchdown. Jones was 12 of 19 for 161 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions, and 16 rushing yards.
Head coach Dan Mullen has made no pledge to name a starter for next week, be it Jones or Richardson.
“We’ll look at this of course when we go into a bye week,” Mullen said of Swamp247 of the quarterback situation. “We’re going to be evaluating a lot of things. I thought you saw some good things from both quarterbacks today, saw some mistakes from both quarterbacks today. So we’re going to evaluate how this goes in the future. I can do some really good things that they made jumping up and down the table and jumping up and down the table on some terrible mistakes we both made, so we’re going to evaluate that part of it. “
Before the game, Florida legend and former Heisman trophy winner Tim Tebow said Richardson needed to be more involved in the offensive.
“Well, I don’t think the discussion will stop,” said Tebow. “I definitely think AR15 hasn’t done its best in the last few weeks, but I also think Florida sees it this way, ‘He’s someone who can change the game anytime,’ and you have to,” give someone that right Time touches. “
But Tebow claimed Jones should be the starter. However, the chatter around the Florida quarterback room only got louder after the loss.
“I think Emory is the right guy to be the starter but I think your team would do better to play both,” he said. “You can’t tell me that when Kirby (Smart) gets ready for Florida in two weeks and looks at AR15, he says, ‘Oh boy’, he’s going to spend a little more time on it I think that’s the point where the defense is better prepared, more prepared, more concerned, keeps the coach on their toes. The way Dan can work with two quarterbacks, in my opinion, both have to be ready for action at all times. “
During the season, Richardson is 21 of 37 for 392 yards, five touchdowns, three interceptions, 348 rushing yards, and three rushing touchdowns.
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As a member of the Class of 2020, Richardson was a four-star contestant according to the 247Sports Composite ranking. He was the No. 30 overall contender in the state of Florida, the No. 9 dual-threat quarterback in the class, and the No. 204 overall contender in the class.