Nov 19, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Florida Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson (15) attempts a pass during the first half against the Vanderbilt Commodores at FirstBank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Florida QB Anthony Richardson declares for NFL draft

Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson is going to the NFL.

The redshirt sophomore announced Monday on Twitter that he will not play in the Gators’ Las Vegas Bowl vs. No. 17 Oregon State and will declare for the 2023 NFL Draft. He had at least two years of eligibility remaining.

“As I take my next step in this journey, I will always be a Gator and strive to make Gator Nation proud,” Richardson wrote.

A native of Gainesville, Fla., Richardson started all 12 games for the Gators this season. Florida went 6-6 in head coach Billy Napier’s first season at the helm.

As a 6-foot-4 dual threat quarterback, Richardson completed 53.8 percent of his passes and threw 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also rushed for 654 yards on 103 carries — a 6.3 yards per carry average — and scored nine touchdowns on the ground.

With Richardson opting out — and backup Jalen Kitna dismissed from the team after being arrested on child pornography charges last week — Florida will likely turn to Ohio State transfer Jack Miller in the Las Vegas Bowl. Miller has not taken an in-game snap for the Gators this season and has only ever completed seven college passes.

The other options for the Gators against the Beavers are walk-on Kyle Engel or true freshman Max Brown.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2021; Columbia, Missouri, USA; Florida Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson (15) warms up against the Missouri Tigers before the game at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Florida QB ‘learned lesson’ after 105-mph speeding bust

Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson said he “learned my lesson” after being cited for driving 105 mph.

The Gators sophomore faces a court appearance next month for traveling more than 30 mph over the speed limit on April 4, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Addressing the incident for the first time Saturday, Richardson told Gators Online it was his first speeding ticket.

“I know I’m not perfect, but it was a mistake,” he said. “I was speeding. My mom always tells me to drive safe because I can not only hurt myself but I can hurt other people. I shouldn’t have done it and I can definitely say I learned my lesson.”

Richardson said he addressed the incident with his Gators teammates on Friday, promising he would “handle his business” and “do everything right from this point forward.”

The news of Richardson’s citation broke after his strong performance in Florida’s spring game Thursday night. He completed 18 of 25 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for a score.

A Gainesville, Fla., native, Richardson is expected to be the Gators’ No. 1 quarterback this season after Emory Jones entered the transfer portal.

Richardson completed 39 of 66 passes for 556 yards, seven touchdowns and six interceptions in 12 games during the 2020 and 2021 seasons. He has also rushed for 462 yards and three touchdowns.

–Field Level Media

Georgia Bulldogs defensive lineman Travon Walker (44) chases down Florida Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson (15) during second quarter action. The Florida Gators went into the half trailing the Georgia Bulldogs 24 to 0. The Florida Gators were the home team for this years annual Florida vs Georgia college football rivalry game at TIAA Bank field in Jacksonville, Florida Saturday, October 30, 2021. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]

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Gators QB Anthony Richardson hurt knee dancing night before loss

Florida coach Dan Mullen said Monday that quarterback Anthony Richardson injured his knee while dancing at the team hotel Friday night before Saturday’s lopsided loss to South Carolina.

Richardson, who had recently been cleared to return from a concussion, received treatment on his knee Saturday and dressed for the game as an emergency backup, but did not play.

The Gators turned instead to Emory Jones, who began the season as the starting quarterback. Jones passed for 258 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, but the Gamecocks walloped Florida 40-17.

Richardson won the starting job over Jones midway through the season but has thrown five interceptions in his past three appearances. On Monday, Mullen said the redshirt freshman was “gimping around” the program’s facility.

“His MRI came back clean,” Mullen said. “He’s fine. … He did treatment all day Saturday but was fine to go play, could have played Saturday but having not practiced, coming off a concussion, and with that he was going to emergency-only situation.”

Richardson is 33-for-57 passing for 474 yards and five touchdowns in six games this year, along with 374 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 40 carries.

Florida fell to 4-5 with the loss to South Carolina, a game which they entered as 20-point favorites. Mullen fired defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and offensive line coach John Hevesy in the wake of the loss.

–Field Level Media