Despite experiencing hamstring tightness during an 80-yard touchdown run against USF, UF big-play backup quarterback Anthony Richardson is expected to practice this week as the No. 11 Gators prepare to host top-ranked Alabama, according to coach Dan Mullen.
Richardson’s status had appeared in limbo after the redshirt freshman phenom slowed down and reached for the back of his leg during the Gators’ 42-20 win against the Bulls on Saturday.
Richardson’s dash was the exclamation point on another show-stealing performance from the 19-year-old. He finished with the long scoring run, touchdown passes of 75 and 41 yards and 267 yards of total offense on seven plays.
The Gators will need the 6-foot-4, 236-pound Richardson’s explosiveness and their best overall effort of the 2021 to season to have a shot to beat Alabama, a 15-point favorite on the Gators’ home field.
UF has not been a double-digit home underdog since Florida State was a 28.5-point favorite in 2013. Those injury-riddled Gators lost 37-7 and finished the season 4-8 while the Seminoles went on to win the national championship.