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Florida Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson likely to play vs. Tennessee

The dynamic redshirt freshman sat out last week with a tightened hamstring.
Florida Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson hasn't played since tightening his hamstring at USF in Week 2.
Florida Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson hasn't played since tightening his hamstring at USF in Week 2. [ ARIELLE BADER | Times ]
Published Sep. 22
Updated Sep. 22

The Florida Gators are optimistic dynamic quarterback Anthony Richardson will be able to play against Tennessee after sitting out last week with a tightened hamstring.

“I would think he’ll be ready to go on Saturday,” UF coach Dan Mullen said during Wednesday’s SEC teleconference.

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Richardson sustained the injury during a breakaway touchdown run at USF in Week 2. Before that, he had been one of the breakout stars of the season, even in a limited, change-of-pace role behind starter Emory Jones. Despite missing the Alabama game, Richardson is tied for third nationally with five rushes of at least 20 yards. He has also thrown two touchdown passes.

Mullen said Richardson is “looking good” and has done more at practice than he did last week. Richardson has still been limited, however, and hasn’t yet done a full sprint.

Mullen said UF will do another MRI and full tests Friday to see his status. Richardson was only available in an emergency situation against ‘Bama because a tightened hamstring could worsen, causing him to miss more time.

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Mullen likes Gators’ response so far

Mullen said in his weekly Monday news conference that he wouldn’t know how his team responded from the Alabama loss until practice began.

When his team took the field, he was nervous; the No. 11 Gators were much quieter than usual. By the end of the day, Mullen’s concerns disappeared.

“It was one of our better practices,” Mullen said. “They came out with a very serious, workmanlike attitude of understanding … you’re not going to win and play championship-level football making some of the mental errors that we made, and so they understood they had to come out and wanted to work to get better to improve things and play at a higher level as a team.”

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