Florida Gators quarterbacks Emory Jones and Anthony Richardson “know the plan” heading into Saturday’s game against No. 1 Alabama, coach Dan Mullen said Wednesday.
Richardson has played well as a backup this season, throwing after two touchdowns and rushing to two more goals, which raised questions about whether he should start ahead of Jones.
Mullen has removed those suggestions and stuck with Jones as the starter despite throwing four interceptions – to go with two touchdowns – in victories over Florida Atlantic and South Florida.
Mullen has consistently said that both quarterbacks will play and that handling the division of labor between the two is “pretty simple.”
“They know what we’ve planned with the game,” Mullen said.
Richardson is still receiving treatment for the hamstring injury he sustained during the second half of Saturday’s win over USF, but Mullen said he has been able to train all week and is doing well.
Alabama coach Nick Saban said Monday that he does not need to prepare differently for Richardson or Jones because they are quarterbacks of the same style – passers-by who are skilled runners.
“When the quarterback can run – and they run quarterback races – it’s almost like playing against ‘Wildcat’, so they have an extra block, but they also have the opportunity to make big plays in the passing game, as they ‘have done and been pretty effective in the passing game, “Saban said.
“It’s more challenging when you’re playing against guys, and both guys are very efficient, efficient passers-by as well as runners.”