Florida's turnover chain? Billy Napier quickly puts the kibosh on the sideline prop
Billy Napier quickly ended any notion that Florida would take a page from Miami’s celebration playbook and use a turnover chain as a prop following big plays by the defense.
After the turnover chain was used on the sideline Thursday night, Napier was asked about it after the spring game, and said, “Nobody ran that by me. That ain’t gonna happen.”
It’s a bit surprising that the turnover chain was a surprise to Napier because he is often lauded for his organization and detailed planning.
As for the game itself, the Gators had a huge performance from quarterback Anthony Richardson as he passed for 207 yards on 18-of-24 passing and 3 touchdowns. It was a festive atmosphere under the lights, and in front of 45,000 people.
Billy Napier on the turnover chain: “Nobody ran that by me. That ain’t gonna happen.”
— Nick de la Torre (@delatorre) April 15, 2022
Florida also showed off a potential 1-2 punch at running back with Montrell Johnson, who rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. and running back Demarkcus Bowman, who led all ball carriers with 61 yards on 17 carries.
The second-team (Orange) offense struggled to find a rhythm behind backup QB Jack Miller, the Ohio State transfer, who struggled with accuracy. He threw for 121 yards on 13-of-23 passing and was intercepted in the end zone by safety Donovan McMillon.