The Florida Gators will have a new starting quarterback on Saturday afternoon with Emory Jones sidelined with a lower body injury. According to Gator Sports’ Zach Abolverdi, the Gators should hand over the reins to red-shirted freshman caller Anthony Richardson. Richardson himself has suffered an injury in recent weeks which has limited his availability.
The native of Georgia will make the second start of his career against the Seminoles. He replaced Jones in Florida’s 34-7 loss to Georgia in late October. In the game against the Bulldogs, Richardson completed 60% of his passes for 82 yards and two interceptions while running for 26 yards. That said, it’s hard to take much away from his performance against one of the best defenses in the country.
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Richardson has proven to be a skillful scrambler during the 2021 season. He has run 40 times for 374 yards (9.4 YPC) and three touchdowns. However, the bulk of this production was won by Florida Atlantic and USF. Richardson has accumulated just 99 rushing yards and one touchdown in his last four appearances.
The rookie redshirt completed 57.9% of his passes for 474 yards with five touchdowns and five interceptions in the six games he’s played. He suffered a concussion against Georgia but cleared the protocols to play against South Carolina before injuring his knee while dancing before the Game. Richardson has missed the last three games and it is possible that he will not be. 100% Saturday. He made first-team reps in practice for the Gators this week.
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If Richardson gets injured during the game, Florida will turn to real freshman Carlos Del Rio-Wilson, who has yet to take a snapshot at the college level.
Florida State will look to put pressure on the Gators offense with defensive ends Jermaine Johnson and Keir Thomas playing some of the best football of their respective careers. The scrambling for passing duo led the ACC with 20 combined pushes in the win over Boston College.
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