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How Florida Gators’ Anthony Richardson compares to Vince Young and Tim Tebow

We looked at how his first home start looks against Tebow, Young, Marcus Mariota and more.
Florida Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson had a sensational first home start last week against Utah.
Florida Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson had a sensational first home start last week against Utah. [ PHELAN M. EBENHACK | AP ]
Published Sep. 8|Updated Sep. 8

After ESPN’s Greg McElroy compared Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson to Texas legend Vince Young, we wondered: How did Richardson’s first home start compare to those from recent dual-threat stars?

Anthony Richardson (vs. Utah)

Passing: 17-24, 168 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs

Rushing: 11 carries, 106 yards, 3 TDs

Related: No denying Anthony Richardson’s stardom after Florida Gators upset Utah

Tim Tebow, Florida (vs. Western Kentucky, 2007)

Passing: 13-17, 300 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs

Rushing: 8 carries, 38 yards, 1 TD

Vince Young, Texas (vs. Baylor, 2003)

Passing: 7-13, 65 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs

Rushing: 9 carries, 101 yards, 2 TDs

Lamar Jackson, Louisville (vs. Houston, 2015)

Passing: 17-27, 168 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs

Rushing: 12 carries, 16 yards, 1 TD

Cam Newton, Auburn (vs. Arkansas State, 2010)

Passing: 9-14, 186 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs

Rushing: 15 carries, 171 yards, 2 TDs

Deshaun Watson, Clemson (vs. North Carolina, 2014)

Passing: 27-36, 435 yards, 6 TDs, 1 INT

Rushing: 11 carries, 28 yards

Marcus Mariota, Oregon (vs. Arkansas State, 2012)

Passing: 18-22, 200 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs

Rushing: 4 carries, 24 yards

Local of the week

Florida linebacker Amari Burney had seven tackles and the game-sealing interception against Utah.
Florida linebacker Amari Burney had seven tackles and the game-sealing interception against Utah. [ PHELAN M. EBENHACK | AP ]

Florida linebacker Amari Burney (Calvary Christian)

Burney sealed UF’s upset of Utah last week with a diving interception in the end zone — a gratifying moment for a player who had fallen out of favor with some fans. He’ll try to build on it against a sound Kentucky offense.

Eye on the NFL draft

Kentucky quarterback Will Levis has received a lot of NFL buzz.
Kentucky quarterback Will Levis has received a lot of NFL buzz. [ BRIAN SIMMS | Lexington Herald-Leader ]

Quarterback-needy teams will be all over the top-20 Florida-Kentucky matchup. The Gators’ Anthony Richardson lived up to his early first-round hype last week, and Kentucky’s Will Levis is a big-time prospect, too. Last week, he joined former No. 1 overall pick Tim Couch as the only Wildcats to pass for at least 300 yards in back-to-back season openers.

Related: Are Florida, Florida State, Miami back after Week 1 wins? No, but...

Bulls-Bison connections

Lindsey Lamar was an all-conference performer at USF before becoming an assistant at Howard.
Lindsey Lamar was an all-conference performer at USF before becoming an assistant at Howard. [ Times (2012) ]

Howard coach Larry Scott, a member of USF’s inaugural team, isn’t the only staffer with notable Tampa ties. Receivers coach Lindsey Lamar was the Big East’s 2010 special teams player of the year at USF. Special teams/defensive line coach Vernon Hargreaves was a USF assistant from 2010-12 and is the father of Vernon Hargreaves III, the former Wharton High/Gators/Bucs cornerback. Defensive coordinator Troy Douglas spent three years as a Bulls assistant.

Related: ‘Failure’s not an option’ for USF Bulls’ on-campus football stadium

Frank Gore at Miami

Southern Miss' Frank Gore Jr., seen here against the University of Texas San Antonio last year, will be playing his dad's alma mater.
Southern Miss' Frank Gore Jr., seen here against the University of Texas San Antonio last year, will be playing his dad's alma mater. [ ERIC GAY | AP (2021) ]

If you want to feel old, watch No. 15 Miami host Southern Miss and star running back Frank Gore Jr. His father was a member of the Hurricanes’ 2001 title team — arguably the most talented in college football history — and retired from the NFL earlier this year. The younger Gore set career highs in carries (32) and yards (178) in last week’s quadruple overtime loss to Liberty.

Related: How the Florida Gators, FSU and Miami became the Big Three

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