It didn’t take Tim Tebow very extended to know Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson was totally completely completely different. Less than an hour, really.

Tebow labored out with Richardson just a few days after the freshman arrived on campus in January 2020. Richardson’s 6-foot-4, 236-pound physique stood out. So did his arm vitality, mobility, mechanics and mentality.

“He’s very gifted,” Tebow acknowledged Friday, a day before No. 11 Florida (2-0) faces top-ranked Alabama (2-0) contained in the Swamp. “Obviously, anybody can know that when you see him. You see he’s gifted. But I think he’s got a very clean motion as well. … And then I think he’s got a mentality of he wants to be great. And I think the combination of those three things is something that’s pretty special.”

Tebow is hardly alone. Florida followers are begging to see additional Richardson when the Gators host the Crimson Tide for the primary time since 2011. Fourth-year junior Emory Jones has been lower than spectacular in two begins, throwing 4 interceptions in opposition to overmatched opponents Florida Atlantic and South Florida.

Richardson, inside the meantime, has been certainly one of many crucial dynamic gamers contained in the nation. He had a 73-yard landing run contained in the opener and was even elevated in Week 2. He linked on TD passes of 75 and 40 yards to Jacob Copeland and scampered for an 80-yard rating.

He had teammates, coaches and followers screaming one second and gasping the subsequent when he grabbed his right hamstring on the tip of that final run. He sat out the remainder of the sport, leaving everybody to marvel about his availability in opposition to Alabama. He practiced all week and is anticipated to play.

How shortly or how reasonably so much is as so much as coach Dan Mullen, who insists Jones is his starter and Richardson stays a change-of-pace probability.

But after accounting for 3 one-play touchdowns in eight sequence of labor off the bench, Richardson could presumably be in line for an additional expansive place in opposition to the defending nationwide champions and in entrance of a sold-out stadium.

“He’s probably not necessarily the quickest guy, but when he gets going, he can run away from you,” acknowledged Tebow, who returned to his place as SEC Network analyst after failing to make an NFL comeback as an outstanding finish at age 34. “You see him kind of run with guys and then he gets 10, 15 (yards downfield), and at about 20, all of a sudden, he starts to leave them.

“He’s bought that long-distance kind of monitor tempo which is able to break free for loads of large performs.”

Tebow’s on-air teammate, former Alabama and NFL safety Roman Harper, offered a word of caution to anyone who thinks Richardson is ready to take over.

“He’s an explosive athlete. He can take it to the home at any given time, and that’s working it or throwing it. He’s lightning in a bottle, can’t look forward to it to occur,” Harper said. “But your complete offense is so that simplified when he’s in. Run, quarterback run or (deep) shot performs. He doesn’t have the affect of your complete playbook or your complete passing recreation.

“That will not beat Alabama. You won’t beat it running just that offense. They will adjust and just kind of put you away.”

Florida has misplaced seven in a row to the Crimson Tide, a skid that started with the Southeastern Conference championship recreation in 2009. That was Tebow’s penultimate recreation with the Gators — and the last word time anybody has given this method as reasonably so much hope carrying No. 15.

“I like it,” Tebow acknowledged, smiling. “I like it.”