Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson took the world by storm when he led the Gators to upset the then No. 7 Utah, week 1, but he’s been struggling ever since. Richardson has only 28 yards in the last two weeks after hitting for 106 yards and three goals on the ground in Florida’s opener. After completing 70.8% of passes against Utah, he completed 40.8% of passes against Kentucky and 55.6% against USF. He had zero touchdowns and four interceptions in a year. Former Florida coach Dan Mullenwho coached Richardson from 2020-21 shared some thoughts on Richardson’s setbacks over the past two weeks.
“That’s interesting,” Mullen said on College Game Day podcast. “What I saw in the game with Yuta is a guy who has talent. He has so much talent and he just went out and played. He started a little last year, was always on the ball and couldn’t get on the pitch consistently. But against Utah, this guy was relaxed. They were not expected to win. You’re a loser at home. In the last two weeks, you’ve seen a guy who, as a younger player, is looking forward to leading the team. It is this pressure from outside that influences young players. I think you see a guy who says: “Now I’m a star, I have certain expectations that I have to live up to.” And you start pushing. It looks like in the last couple of weeks he’s started insisting on playing instead of letting the games just come to him.”
Many doubt Richardon’s ability as a passer., especially after meeting the USF team, which long before last Saturday in Gainesville could not compete with rival Power Five. Richardson and the present No. The 20 Gators were able to escape 31-28 and head for 14th in Tennessee this weekend to take part in a key clash in the SEC East Division.
“I’d say he’s definitely back,” Richardson said of his confidence level after defeating USF via Swamp247. “I feel like I’m coming back to myself, just focusing on football and not outside noise. You know, despite the two interceptions, I feel that I continue to grow as a player, as a person, let’s leave it in the past. Nobody wants to see two interceptions, zero touchdowns after a game, but this is football and I have to get better. .”
Richardson appeared in eight games and started the season back. He completed 38 of 64 pass attempts (59.4%) for 529 yards and threw for six touchdowns with five interceptions. He ran 51 times for 401 yards (averaging 7.9) and scored three points. He played in four games during his true rookie season in 2020, throwing for 27 yards and rushing for 61 yards seven times (averaging 8.7).
A former four-star recruit from Gainesville, Florida’s Eastside High, Richardson was the 245th player in the nation and the 9th double-threat quarterback in the class of 2020. He was the 36th player from Florida.
Isaac Trotter and Jacob Rudner of Swamp247 contributed to this report.