Anthony Richardson is on the cusp of becoming a household name in college football for the Florida Gators.

It seems a bit frightening to turn an offense over to a freshman when Alabama is coming to town. That’s exactly what Florida may do.

Whether it’s because of an Emory Jones’ average play this season or Richardson’s jaw-dropping highlights, the younger of the 2 is expected to play a lot against the No. 1 ranked Crimson Tide in Gainesville, Fla., today despite a sore hamstring he aggravated last week in 42-20 win over South Florida.

Florida head coach Dan Mullen has said Richardson is “fine” physically. Whether or not Richardson can handle the pressure emotionally and mentally has yet to be determined. However, we do know that the redshirt freshman has the ability.

Here are 5 things to know about Richardson:

The toolbox is full

If you haven’t seen Richardson play yet, his talent will surprise you today. His private quarterback trainer called his tools “generational”. Well, we’ll see about that. Generational tools makes one think of Trever Lawrence, Andrew Luck or John Elway. While that would be something to behold, it seems a bit of an exaggeration. Still, there shouldn’t be any throws or plays that he can’t make physically.

Richardson posted one of highest SPARQ rating history at The Opening Finals in 2019. The SPARQ rating is designed to test a football player’s overall athletic ability. What makes the performance so impressive is that he had reportedly never trained for the events, like the 40-yard dash and shuttle run. Both are parts of the SPARQ rating. He also posted the longest throw in the Elite 11 camp.

Timmy likes him

Former Florida Tim Tebow recently extolled Richardson’s praises. Tebow, who is now an SEC Network analyst, said, “I think this kid has a chance to be an absolute freak.”

Tebow should know. He was a freak athlete as well, but the two quarterbacks are different. Tebow was incredibly strong for a quarterback. Richardson is incredibly fast – for anyone. He had a 73-yard touchdown run in Florida’s season-opening 35-14 over Florida Atlantic.

Richardson knows the area well

Richardson played his high school football in Gainesville. The former Eastside High School star led his team to the playoffs with 4,633 yards passing and 37 touchdowns in his junior season. The 4-year starter in football was sidelined due to injury for most of his senior season. Richardson also played basketball in high school. He averaged 10.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He also shot 53-percent from the field.

Richardson makes big plays

We mentioned the long touchdown run, but that’s not all Richardson can do. Last week, Richardson also connected for touchdown passes of 75 and 41 yards – plus he added in another long touchdown run. This time it was 80 yards last week in a 42-20 win over South Florida. Alabama defenders had better keep their eye on Richardson or he’ll be gone.

Richardson may be Florida’s best chance

Even at home, Florida is a 2-touchdown underdog against Bama. However, we have seen the Crimson Tide struggle against mobile quarterbacks. This might be the most athletic quarterback has played since former Auburn star Cameron Newtown.