Billy Napier made a stop in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday night to speak to a gathering of boosters and fans, and made comments about quarterback Anthony Richardson’s traffic violation that was reported after last week’s spring game.

“Anthony made a mistake. He’s taken complete ownership,” Napier said, and added that he expects Richardson will grow from it. “He can be a great example to the team how he handles himself.”

Richardson was stopped for driving 105 mph shortly after 4 a.m. on April 4, about 13 miles west of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Richardson, who has a name, image and likeness deal with Gainesville Dodge, was driving a 2021 Dodge at the time.

The citation was reported after the Gators spring game when Richardson was 18-of-25 for 207 yards and 2 touchdowns. UF’s presumptive starter also rushed for a score and drew praise from Napier for his “first-class” approach.

Napier, who said the Tampa area has always been good to the Gators and called it “our backyard to some degree,” added that these kinds of offseason events are better when the coach is undefeated.

Napier said he wants Gator fans attending to realize he has plan in place, runs a first-class operation and hired a strong staff aiming to create a life-changing impact on players.

H/T Edgar Thompson.