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Anthony Richardson Shining Under Bright Lights Sign of Things to Come

  • Damian Parson
  • September 5, 2022
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This past Saturday night, quarterback Anthony Richardson led the Florida Gators over the No. 7-ranked Utah Utes in a thrilling victory. Utah was physical offensively and gave the Gators everything they could handle. Even though quarterback Cam Rising threw the game-ending interception in the end zone, without Richardson the game is not close.

On their first drive, the Gators had success and momentum that was derailed by a Montrell Johnson Jr. fumble and recovery by the Utes, leading to the game’s first touchdown drive. After punting on the following drive, the Gators’ offense got the ball back. On this drive, Richardson faced a key 3rd-and-15 with the pressure to convert mounting. He stared down the soul of the Utes defense and never blinked, delivering an absolute strike for 23-yards and a pivotal first down.

This was a sign the first-year starter was not afraid of the moment. These big “got to have it” plays did not stop there. 

A couple of drives later, Richardson showed calmness and poise in the pocket, going through his progressions before burning the Utes defense for a 45-yard touchdown run. An erratic or flustered quarterback would not have sat in the pocket to allow this play to develop before taking advantage and scoring.

After halftime, both teams scored on consecutive drives, putting pressure on the opposing offense to match. Richardson orchestrated the final drive for his offense that began at the 6:26 mark. His stoic demeanor showed he was under control and embraced the pressure. 

It became abundantly clear—the moment was not too big for Richardson. From his dual-threat ability paired with his elite arm talent, the world saw first-hand why he is the talk of NFL draft discussions this summer.

This jumping pump-fake to lose two free Utah defenders before throwing the pass to convert on the two-point conversion was the cherry on top.

It reached a point where we all felt Richardson would make a play to propel this team to a lead. To his credit, he did just that!

This game proved that Anthony Richardson is a young man finally getting his moment as the unquestioned starting quarterback and leader of this Florida team. Everyone knows how talented the young man is physically, but we saw how talented and tough he is mentally this past Saturday night. This is all a positive sign of things to come.

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Damian Parson