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How Florida QB Anthony Richardson compares to Tim Tebow so far

Also: Why two UF linemen are our locals of the week ,and the cool coaching connections between USF and Florida A&M.
The last backup quarterback to dazzle the way Anthony Richardson has? Tim Tebow in 2006.
The last backup quarterback to dazzle the way Anthony Richardson has? Tim Tebow in 2006. [ Times (2006) ]
Published Sep. 17

It’s an unfair comparison, but here’s how Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson’s first two games stack up against Tim Tebow’s first two games as a specialty player in ‘06:

Anthony Richardson

Florida Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson looks like a future star.
Florida Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson looks like a future star. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]

6-of-11 passing, 192 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT

11 rushes, 275 yards, 1 TD

Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow celebrated a touchdown against Alabama in 2006. Will Anthony Richardson be doing that Saturday?
Tim Tebow celebrated a touchdown against Alabama in 2006. Will Anthony Richardson be doing that Saturday? [ Times (2006) ]

6-of-9 passing, 81 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT

10 rushes, 63 yards, 1 TD

Related: One play shows why Anthony Richardson isn’t Florida’s starter yet

Locals of the week

Ethan White and Richard Gouraige, seen here blocking for Emory Jones, are two Tampa Bay area natives worth watching against Alabama.
Ethan White and Richard Gouraige, seen here blocking for Emory Jones, are two Tampa Bay area natives worth watching against Alabama. [ JOHN RAOUX | AP ]

Florida offensive linemen Ethan White (Calvary Christian) and Richard Gouraige (Cambridge Christian)

Alabama’s defensive front is always physical and was one of the differences in last year’s SEC title game. If the Gators are going to have a different outcome, their offensive line will have to play better. That means big performances by UF’s starting left guard and tackle.

Related: Have the Florida Gators’ lines improved enough to upset Alabama?

Eye on the NFL draft

UF cornerback Kaiir Elam is the team’s top draft prospect and a presumptive first-round pick. Alabama’s potent passing attack will give him a chance to put an impressive performance on film for scouts, especially if he lines up against preseason all-SEC receiver John Metchie.

USF, FAMU coaching connections

Willie Simmons was a quarterback at Clemson when Jeff Scott was a receiver there. The former teammates will coach against each other Saturday.
Willie Simmons was a quarterback at Clemson when Jeff Scott was a receiver there. The former teammates will coach against each other Saturday. [ RIC FELD | Associated Press (2002) ]

Florida A&M coach Willie Simmons has a pair of noteworthy ties to USF. He was a quarterback at Clemson when Bulls coach Jeff Scott was a receiver there; Simmons graduated in 2002, a year before Scott did. Simmons later became the quarterbacks coach at Tallahassee’s Lincoln High. One of his players: BJ Daniels, who became a USF star and is now a Bulls offensive analyst.

Related: ‘They’re going to very soon find out about BJ Daniels the coach’

Stopping Sparty

Miami coach Manny Diaz took over the defense in the offseason after last year’s disaster. Michigan State offers another big test. Kenneth Walker is the nation’s fourth-leading rusher (321 yards) and has the potential to gash the Hurricanes’ mediocre run defense.

Related: Florida, USF have very different quarterback philosophies

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