Billy Napier shares why he still gets butterflies for season openers
If there’s one thing you can count on from the first full weekend of college football, it’s that The Swamp will be electric Saturday night.
Not only will it be Billy Napier’s first game as Florida’s head coach, but the Gators will be taking on No. 7 Utah, a team many believe has the potential to contend for a berth in the College Football Playoff.
In meeting with the media Monday in advance of his team’s game with the Utes, Napier made it clear that he’s both anxious about and looking forward to the game.
He also, however, believes in what he and his team have done in terms of preparation.
“I don’t think I’m ever going to be beyond that,” said Napier when asked if he might have some butterflies on Saturday night. “Football in particular, you work the entire year and you only get so many opportunities to compete. I think I’ve learned over time that the important part is how do you get to a place where you are well prepared and you have confidence as a competitor.
“And I think as a head coach, having done that, I don’t know how many times, 40-plus times, right. You make a lot of mistakes, so I think along the way, you learn what works for you and what helps you deal with some of that. So I think I’m a little more seasoned than I would be if this was the first time. We’ve got to continue to learn, we’ve got to continue to refine our process to get the team ready, right. Everything we do can improve, regardless of the outcome.”
Napier was 40-12 in 4 seasons at Louisiana before taking the Florida job,
He was hired in late November to replace Dan Mullen, who was fired after posting a 34-15 record in 4 seasons in Gainesville.
You can see all of Napier’s comments from his Monday press conference below: