Florida quarterback Emory Jones has unwaveringly supported backup Anthony Richardson all season. He eagerly coached Richardson from the sideline. He enthusiastically cheered for Richardson after each huge play. He overtly pulled for Richardson’s return from a strained proper hamstring.
Now, although, it is time for Jones to bask within the highlight.
Jones had a career-high 4 touchdowns passes, doubtlessly quieting requires Richardson to play extra, and No. 20 Florida routed woeful Vanderbilt 42-0 Saturday.
“I regarded up on the scoreboard one time they usually stated I threw 4, and I assumed it was unsuitable,” Jones stated. “I actually did not keep in mind doing it. All the blokes round me, they positively had been the largest a part of that. They make all of it occur.”
It was a feel-good victory for the Gators on homecoming after a gut-wrenching loss at Kentucky basically knocked coach Dan Mullen’s staff out of competition within the Southeastern Convention’s Jap Division.
Florida (4-2, 2-2 SEC) received its eighth straight within the sequence and its thirtieth within the final 31 conferences. The Commodores (2-4, 0-2) dropped their fifteenth consecutive league sport.
Jones was the star of this one. He accomplished 14 of twenty-two passes for 273 yards, with TD passes to Ja’Quavion Fraziars, Trent Whittemore, Dameon Pierce and Jacob Copeland. Pierce additionally scored twice extra on brief runs.
Richardson performed sparingly for the second straight week. His first go was intercepted. He returned the next sequence however ended up giving approach to Jones till getting again on the sphere for mop-up responsibility within the fourth quarter.
“I feel all of the quarterbacks have a studying curve,” Mullen stated. “That why there’s growth that goes into it. I do assume Anthony works his tail off, has an excellent method in what he’s doing, nice method at preparing at observe.
“I see him bettering. The great factor, we’re throwing him in and he’s getting some alternatives through the sport to go present what he can do, and he’s obtained to proceed to enhance.”
Vanderbilt had a number of probabilities to make the sport extra aggressive, however Alabama switch Joseph Bulovas missed three discipline targets. He was errant from 39, 41 and 33 yards out. The Commodores additionally had a landing overturned when Chris Pierce failed to keep up possession on a fourth-down catch when he hit the bottom within the second quarter.
“We had an excellent day transferring the ball,” Vandy receiver Cam Johnson stated. “When it comes all the way down to it, it was a matter of taking pictures ourselves within the foot.”
Vanderbilt: First-year head coach Chris Lea has a rebuilding challenge on his fingers, however he absolutely can draw loads of positives from this loss. The Commodores ran 80 performs and had been 8 of 20 on third down.
“If you may make your discipline targets and rating touchdowns if you’re on their facet of the sphere, rapidly the power shifts,” Lea stated.
Florida: Mullen wasn’t happy together with his staff’s first-half efficiency. The Gators led 21-0, but it surely might have been 21-13. He ripped into gamers and halftime and eventually obtained them going with a pretend punt on the fourth play of the third quarter.
Florida is the one two-loss staff in The Associated Press college football poll. The Gators are unlikely to maneuver up a lot, if in any respect, following a lackluster house victory in opposition to an overmatched staff.
The Gators performed their third consecutive sport with out preseason all-SEC cornerback Kaiir Elam, who’s recovering from a sprained proper knee. The unit, which is also with out starter Jaydon Hill (knee), obtained even thinner within the first quarter Saturday when Tre’Vez Johnson was ejected for concentrating on.
Eight Olympians and former Florida standouts had whistles hanging from their necks as an alternative of medals Saturday. Swimmers Caeleb Dressel, Bobby Finke, Natalie Hinds and Kieran Smith, hurdler Grant Holloway, distance runner Taylor Manson, softball participant Aubree Munro and baseball participant Mark Kolozsvary served as honorary “Mr. Two Bits” cheerleaders earlier than the sport.
The eight mixed to win 13 medals – seven gold, three silver, three bronze – in Tokyo. Dressel led the way in which with 5 gold ones.
HALL OF FAMERS
Tim Tebow and Billy Donovan are lastly in Florida’s Corridor of Fame. Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, and Donovan, essentially the most completed males’s basketball coach in class historical past, had been inducted Friday evening as a part of the 2020 class. The ceremony was delayed a yr due to COVID-19.
Vanderbilt performs at South Carolina subsequent Saturday. The Commodores have misplaced 12 straight within the sequence.
Florida performs at LSU subsequent Saturday. The Gators have dropped 4 of 5 in Baton Rouge.