Anthony Richardson Heisman humbling? Kentucky defense brings QB back to Earth
Anthony Richardson received loads of attention after Florida’s big win over Utah last week, but the Florida quarterback was humbled a bit against Kentucky as the Heisman Trophy talk appeared to cool.
Richardson started the game 6-for-17, including an interception to Jordan Wright, and mustered just 84 yards. The Gators offense mustered a pair of field goals, a Trevor Etienne touchdown, and a safety to take a lead, but Kentucky scored in 3 plays after the interception. That cut the lead to 16-13 with 1:25 remaining in the first half.
Richardson’s play against Utah had some wondering if he might be the type of player that can take a team from fighting for bowl eligibility to challenging for a division title. Among college football analysts, he drew comparisons to Vince Young, Cam Newton, Lamar Jackson and Tim Tebow this week.
Last week, Richardson ran for 3 scores in his second career start, including a 2-yard scamper with 1:25 remaining, and Florida upset the No. 7 team 29-26 to build major confidence at the dawn of the Billy Napier era.
The Gators led 16-13 at halftime.
Here’s some of the reaction to Richardson:
Oh my god this interception by Jordan Wright on the throw by Anthony Richardson, he’s got oven mitts for hands, that was incredible, Kentucky back in it now pic.twitter.com/qu4opYtar3
— Alex Micheletti (@AlexMicheletti) September 11, 2022
Something that’s frequent with strong armed QBs, one thing that Anthony Richardson will have to learn is ball speeds and touch. Everything comes out hot with lots of velocity behind it.
— Jordan Reid (@Jordan_Reid) September 10, 2022
I like Anthony Richardson. Super talented player
But some of y’all gotta calm down with the Tebow/Lamar/Dak/Mahomes hybrid talk
— SportsTalkATL Jake (@cantguardjake) September 11, 2022
The Anthony Richardson Heisman campaign ended tonight
— Bishop Whitehead?? (@Devbino__) September 11, 2022
Man Anthony Richardson really not ready for the league but he gon go
— One of them Podcasting Niggaz (@VerbIntJxnPod) September 11, 2022
anthony richardson needs some technical cleaning up but he’s it
— Ben Pfeifer (@bjpf_) September 11, 2022
Anthony Richardson has been pretty bad tonight unfortunately or this could be much better ?
— Woah. (@Woah_Duke7) September 11, 2022