Gary Danielson reacts to the turnaround for Billy Napier, Florida: 'I wasn't as down on them'
Gary Danielson hasn’t called a Florida game yet this season, but he understands the temperature and expectations in the SEC. What does he make of Billy Napier’s situation with the Gators after the significant win over Tennessee?
“I thought it was huge,” said Danielson, the “SEC on CBS” analyst. “I really wasn’t as concerned … I thought it was a logical loss at Utah. They’re a very physical team, playing there they just don’t lose a lot of games. I wasn’t as down on them as everybody else appeared to be.”
Danielson also pointed out a team that would love to have Florida QB Graham Mertz: Alabama.
“That’s what they need is a solidifying quarterback who makes the simple plays and things would be better,” the CBS Sports broadcaster said this week on the Miller and Moulton Podcast. “I think the way they run the ball, Billy Napier’s off to build this team the way he wants to in the long run, and I thought it was a huge win for Florida, obviously for Napier.”
Danielson went a step further and called the Gators impressive and physical, “they’re different than past Florida teams that were successful when they did it throwing the ball.”
Florida has a salty defense, is well-coached and Danielson believes the Gators are on the right path.
“I think they should be a tough out,” he said. “I think they compete well. We talk a lot about how Georgia kind of plays like Kirby’s attitude, I think Napier’s brought that attitude to Florida. I think they’ve got a good thing going for the future.”