Vols looking to extend Anthony Richardson’s recent struggles

Florida Athletics photo by Courtney Culbreath / Florida redshirt sophomore quarterback Anthony Richardson rushed for three touchdowns in the opening win over Utah but has struggled since from running and passing standpoints.

He was the darling of college football on Labor Day weekend and has been borderline disastrous ever since.

What's up with Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson heading into this week's showdown at Tennessee?

"I don't know. That's a great question. I don't even know," the 6-foot-4, 232-pound redshirt sophomore from Gainesville said this week in a news conference. "I guess I just started holding myself back from running, and that's a part of the offense that helps us move the ball.

"I guess I've got to pick it up and bring that back."

The Gators opened the Billy Napier era in thrilling fashion Sept. 3, with Richardson's dual-threat talents leading them to a 29-26 upset of seventh-ranked and defending Pac-12 Conference champion Utah in the Swamp. Richardson completed 17 of 24 passes (70.8%) for 168 yards and rushed 11 times for 106 yards and three touchdowns.