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Jalen Kitna growing, Jack Miller on the mend – The Mercury News

NewsJalen Kitna growing, Jack Miller on the mend – The Mercury News

Florida’s quarterback scenario behind Anthony Richardson is bettering because the Gators’ starter works his approach out of a current funk.

Coach Billy Napier stated Wednesday redshirt freshman Jalen Kitna is coming off his finest week of apply. The son of former NFL quarterback Jon Kitna is the No. 2 quarterback coming into Saturday’s go to to Tennessee regardless of having not thrown a school move.

“Particularly final Thursday he was extraordinarily sharp,” Napier stated. “He had a very good day of apply [Tuesday]. Jalen has executed a fantastic job of constructing good choices, he’s been very correct and every week he will get a greater understanding of our system.

“Been happy with Jalen and the progress.”

The 6-foot-4, 208-pound Kitna’s emergence coincides with redshirt freshman Jack Miller’s restoration from mid-August surgical procedure to his damaged proper thumb. Miller, who confronted a 4-6 week restoration, has “made vital progress,” Napier stated.

The Ohio State switch was in line to again up Richardson till the damage. Miller’s standing is each day.

“Jack remains to be to be decided relative to his position Saturday and probably going ahead,” Napier stated. “He’s obtained a soccer in his fingers now. It’s simply extra about his consolation stage bodily and mentally with the thumb and the place it’s at.”

Richardson’s confidence stage, although, will likely be key to Florida’s possibilities as 10.5-point underdogs at Tennessee.

The redshirt sophomore didn’t construct on a powerful Week 1 efficiency towards Utah, together with 274 complete yards and three speeding scores. In opposition to Kentucky and USF, Richardson accomplished simply 24 of 53 (45.3%) passes for 255 yards, no touchdowns and 4 picks. He additionally ran for simply 28 yards on 13 carries.

If Richardson struggles at Tennessee, Napier should determine whether or not to sit down him for Kitna, even when to solely permit the Gators’ starter to recalibrate.

“When you concentrate on it, Anthony goes into his fourth sport on this system and this fashion of working,” Napier stated. “There’s a specific amount of knowledge that comes from expertise.”

Household ties

Napier was born in Cookeville, situated in central Tennessee, and residential to Tennessee Tech, the alma mater of his mom and father.

Napier grew in Chatsworth, Ga., lower than an hour drive southeast of Chattanooga. Napier’s late father Billy grew up in Salina. Napier stated his mom Pam’s dad and mom owned a tobacco farm in Sparta.

“I’ve obtained all sort of household that’s diehard Tennessee followers,” he stated. “Know all in regards to the Vols for positive.”

Napier joked his household had higher be Florida followers this week.

“In the event that they’re not, they gained’t be on the sport, I can promise you that,” he quipped.

But, Napier will not be positive the place allegiances will really lie on Saturday.

“I don’t know that they’d inform me that to my face,” he stated. “However hopefully they’ll discover a little bit smooth spot for the Gators Saturday — we’ll see.”

This text first appeared on OrlandoSentinel.com. Electronic mail Edgar Thompson at egthompson@orlandosentinel.com or comply with him on Twitter at @osgators.


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