For the second week in a row, beginning Gators quarterback Emory Jones struggled in opposition to an inferior opponent. He threw two interceptions for the second week in a row, and he was outshined by his backup, redshirt freshman Anthony Richardson.
Richardson has been a drive within the first two video games, and in opposition to South Florida, he tossed for 152 yards and two touchdowns going an ideal 3-for-3 by way of the air. He additionally totaled 115 yards and a rating on the bottom, which got here when he broke an 80-yard run. That run additionally ended his day as he left the sector with an obvious hamstring harm.
Nonetheless, if he’s wholesome shifting ahead, Richardson’s play has referred to as Jones’ standing because the starter into query. Right here’s what ESPN’s Alex Scarborough stated concerning the rising battle in Gainesville.
Emory Jones waited three years to be Florida’s starter, and at occasions he has performed OK, particularly working the soccer. However when it comes to passing, he has been inconsistent with two interceptions in every of the previous two video games.
Then there’s the freshman, Anthony Richardson, who hasn’t been requested to do practically as a lot when it comes to working the offense however nonetheless retains making large performs. He did it in opposition to FAU within the season opener, speeding for 160 yards and a landing on seven carries. And he did it this previous weekend in opposition to USF, throwing touchdowns on every of his first two move makes an attempt, adopted by an 80-yard landing run within the fourth quarter.
Coach Dan Mullen stated Richardson “doesn’t at all times do the suitable factor, however he does particular issues,” which explains why he continues to face by Jones publicly. Regardless, there’s going to be an fascinating dynamic shifting ahead, each when it comes to the division of labor and what opposing defenses need to do to arrange for each gamers. If something, it provides Nick Saban and No. 1 Alabama rather a lot to think about heading into Saturday.
Gators followers await Richardson’s standing for the Alabama recreation on pins and needles, however Mullen has affirmed that even when he’s wholesome, Jones would be the starter. However Jones has struggled in opposition to Group of 5 groups, and if he has related struggles in opposition to the mighty Crimson Tide, Florida can have no alternative however to search for a spark elsewhere to maintain the sport aggressive.