LSU will face a second dynamic quarterback in as many weeks when battling Anthony Richardson and the Florida Gators. Last weekend, the Tigers fell victim to the hot hand of Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker, losing 40-13 to the Volunteers. As Saturday approaches, LSU head coach Brian Kelly compared the two dynamic signal callers and shared his thoughts on Florida head coach Billy Napier and the Gators’ offense.
“Both first-year head coaches certainly looking for consistency with their team,” Kelly told reporters of himself and Florida coach Billy Napier. “This is a really talented football team on offense. Clearly have an outstanding quarterback. Very similar to Hendon Hooker that we saw this weekend. Great size, strong arm, and he is very dangerous. Skilled quarterback. Outstanding running backs. Johnson and Etienne both game-breakers. The strength to me on this Florida team is the offensive line. Really good offensive line. That will be the challenge. They can run the football, and they have proven it. I think they’re averaging 6 yards-plus running the football. We’re going against an excellent offensive line. We’re going to have to rise to that challenge certainly.”
Richardson has struggled with interceptions, with seven in six games, but the budding superstar is dynamic nonetheless. He’s passed for 1,182 yards and 5 touchdowns while rushing for 282 yards and five scores on 47 attempts. He struggled last weekend against Missouri, throwing for just 66 yards while recording a touchdown and an interception but in the end, Florida secured its first conference victory of the season
“I think it shows we’re capable. You guys are evaluating the team much like I evaluate the team, right? I mean, we’re a very capable group,” Napier said after the win. “We’re still not as precise and as detailed as we need to be in a lot of areas but we are getting there. The one thing about that group as they’re a competitive, fiery group so I think we’ve got the right makeup, we’re growing up some young players. Ultimately at some point here, we’ll continue to get better. There’s gonna be some momentum that comes with that and I’m hopeful we can remain humble and we can evaluate the game independent of the outcome and see some things that we could’ve done better and then go back to work and improve and get ready for the next one.”