Tim Tebow sees ‘monster’ Anthony Richardson become QB alongside Emory Jones
The Florida Gators kick off their 2021 college football season on Saturday when they host the Florida Atlantic Owls for a 7:30 p.m. ET start on the SEC network, and junior redshirt Emory jones enters as a seasoned quarterback in the offense of fourth-year head coach Dan Mullen. However, according to Florida legend and SEC network analyst Tim tebowrookie redshirt Anthony richardson is a name worth knowing as fall wears on.
“Well I think I’m really excited about two of their quarterbacks,” Tebow told the Paul Finebaum Show Friday. “I think Emory is going to have a really good season. I think he’s developed over the last couple of years. I think he’s smart, he’s athletic, he throws a good ball.
“And I, I think you will also see a young player, Anthony richardson, who played a little bit last year. But I think you’re going to see him come on the scene – he’ll probably play the third record on Saturday – might have a few records. But as it gets more and more, I think you’ll see Florida using it much like Florida used me in my freshman year. I think this kid has a chance to be really special, though. “
In his first year with the Gators in 2006, Tebow supported the former starter Chris Leak and embraced a situational role en route to the program’s BCS National Championship, a 41-14 victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes. Tebow won the 2007 Heisman Trophy before leading Florida to a second BCS National Championship in 2008, a 24-14 victory over the Oklahoma Sooners.
Richardson appeared in four games as a rookie during the Gators’ 2020 season, conceding 1 of 2 assists (50%) for 27 yards and totaling 61 yards on seven rushes (8.7 on average). A four-star rookie from Gainesville, Fla. Eastside, Richardson was 247Sports Composite’s No. 204 overall prospect, No. 9 double-threat quarterback and No. 30 Florida player for the 2020 class.
“He’s from a school in Gainesville, a little school,” Tebow said of Richardson. “How I (would describe him), I would explain it – like a monster. Yes. I think he’s very good athletically. I think he’s good as a pitcher, good physically, good at. speed. And I think the only thing you gotta find out, you know, in these great times, is he going to handle the pressure? I think he will.
“So I think Florida is in great shape with two special quarterbacks that can – you know, I think Anthony can come in and give Emory a break, too, on the third and short and fourth and runs and helps the team too. I wouldn’t be shocked if at some point you saw them both in the game at the same time. “
It will be interesting to see how Mullen uses Richardson as Jones gets his first chance as a starter on offense. Jones completed 55 of 86 passes (64%) for 613 yards and seven touchdowns with four interceptions while adding six rushing scores and 514 yards (5.6 on average) on 92 attempts in 24 games from 2018-20.
“I think it depends on the players,” Tebow said. “I think it can be difficult sometimes, if not done well. But if done well, it can be very successful – especially if they bring something different to the table. And I think. that Emory is the guy. I think he’s going to be the quarterback of every down.
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“But when you’ve got a talent like Anthony, I think it’s someone you want to get into. You want to be able – short, third down, change, whatever, take the pressure off. He can do so much. of stuff I mean, you’re talking about someone 6-4, 235-40 pounds who’s going to run pretty fast. I don’t mean (what’s his 40-yard time), but he’s fast. He’s going to run away. many people.”