Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson headed into the 2022 season as a potential first-round 2023 NFL Draft pick despite the small sample size of games he had played the previous year.

As is to be expected with younger, more inexperienced quarterbacks, there have been some ups and down for Richardson and he’s still very much a work in progress despite having an incredibly high ceiling. Florida head coach Billy Napier spoke on Richardson during his Monday press conference, seeming to echo that sentiment.

“I think the key is to have the right perspective, we use the term long game here,” Napier said.

Napier said the quarterback played a solid first half of football in the 31-28 win over Florida, but that there were things in the second half that needed to be cleaned up. Richardson finished that game 10-of-18 passing for 112 yards with two interceptions.

Richardson’s arm strength and pure raw talent has been fully on display through the first three weeks of the season, but it’s clear he’s got to take a step as a passer, especially when it comes to decision-making.

He’ll have a chance to continue doing just that when he and the Gators face the the No. 11-ranked Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday, Sept. 24.