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Florida QB Emory Jones excited for Anthony Richardson’s return

UF’s dynamic change-of-pace quarterback is expected to return Saturday at Kentucky.
Florida Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson is expected to return Saturday at Kentucky.
Florida Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson is expected to return Saturday at Kentucky. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Published Sep. 27

The No. 10 Florida Gators are expected to get dynamic quarterback Anthony Richardson back from a tightened hamstring this week at Kentucky. And Emory Jones is thrilled about it, even though Richardson’s return will cut into his playing time.

“I’m definitely excited to get Anthony back,” Jones said Monday.

Richardson missed the last two games while recovering from an injury he suffered during his 80-yard touchdown run at USF. He was available last week against Tennessee, but UF kept him out to let him heal more and prevent making it worse.

Florida Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson hasn't played since injuring his hamstring at USF in Week 2.
Florida Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson hasn't played since injuring his hamstring at USF in Week 2. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]

Jones said Richardson was upset about not playing, but Jones told him they need him at 100 percent when he returns.

“He’ll switch things up for the defenses and make them have to defend us in a lot of different ways,” Jones said. “I’m all for it.”

Related: What we know about Florida after Gators’ win over Tennessee

Mullen’s mental mistake

Coach Dan Mullen said the Gators made fewer mental errors against Tennessee than they did against Alabama, but the issue came up during Monday morning’s team meeting as a point of emphasis — for the players and himself.

“I pointed out my mental error in the course of the game in stuff that happens,” Mullen said.

One example: UF was flagged for a delay of game penalty on a punt in the second quarter.

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Mullen took the blame because he spent too long debating whether to go for it on fourth and 3 from the UF 36. He figures he took three seconds too long to talk himself out of what could have been a “really dumb move,” and that pause led to the penalty.

“That’s definitely on me, and you can’t do that,” Mullen said. “Everybody’s got to look and own it.”

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