The Florida Gators are now bowl eligible after their victory over South Carolina. An extremely impressive run game from the Gators led to a 38-6 victory over Spencer Rattler and the Gamecocks. With it being the final game for some in “The Swamp”, both sides of the ball did not disappoint.
Everything was on point for both the offense and defense, and it’s obvious that many of the Gators underclassmen have bright futures ahead. Both Montrell Johnson Jr. and Trevor Etienne had 100-plus rushing yards, and Anthony Richardson rushed for 96 yards. Richardson had a good game overall, passing for 112 yards and two touchdowns, and seemed to look much more comfortable against South Carolina. If it truly was Anthony Richardson’s last game in “The Swamp”, he did not disappoint the sold-out crowd. For the few plays Richardson was out, Jalen Kitna was able to throw for 29 yards and was two-of-two for completions per attempt. We could see more of Kitna if Richardson does declare for the NFL Draft.
Even though the Gators were without Brenton Cox Jr. the defense stepped up, especially senior Ventrell Miller and sophomore Desmond Watson. With Ventrell Miller leaving after this season, the Gators will be losing their best leader on defense. This means the next few games we should start to see who might be potential leaders for next season.
This win helped a lot for first year head coach Billy Napier. Even though the Gators didn’t look all that great in the second half, South Carolina looked worse with Spencer Rattler being sacked twice, having -13 rushing yards, and a quarterback rating of 21.9. The remaining schedule for the Gators is Vanderbilt, who just beat a ranked Kentucky team, and Florida State, who are a ranked team. Obviously, the Gators won’t be playing in the SEC Championship Game, but the future looks extremely bright, and the Gators could end their season 8-4.