The Florida Gators face some attrition on their roster, but especially at quarterback. So far this year, two players have chosen to leave the program, including Emory Jones and, more recently, Carlos Del Rio-Wilson.
As both players head to other programs across the country, Florida will have to rely on their backups more than ever, including the transfer from Ohio State. Jack Miller IIIfreshman in red shirt Jalen Kitna and incoming freshman Max Brown.
Hope is that starter Anthony Richardson will make saves less important with strong play, but due to his injury history, Miller and Kitna will be particularly dependent in 2022.
While Miller is a redshirt sophomore, he doesn’t have much experience, playing in just five games at OSU with just 14 passes thrown in his career.
Kitna is yet to appear in a single game and barely appeared in the team’s spring game last week, throwing three assists and an interception on the night. His performance, even in a short time, left a lot to be desired. Needing to see him for an extended period, Miller took the majority of QB reps with Richardson, making it clear who the immediate replacement will be.
In March, Gators head coach Billy Napier underscored the importance of Miller’s arrival, understanding that what’s happening now in terms of job attrition was anticipated.
“There’s a reason Jack is here, first of all. We’ve anticipated potential issues. I think Jack comes across as a guy who’s been in competitions before. He’s been in games before. I think that he feels like it’s not too big for him. . He’s comfortable,” Napier said when asked about the young QB.
“He’s able to deal with the good and the bad. I think he can make a game and then be the same guy the next game. He can make a mistake and then be the same guy the next game. So there’s some stability there that I appreciate.”
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Miller would go on to complete 13 of 23 passes for 121 yards in the spring game. He would also throw an ill-advised interception in the end zone early in the competition. Still, Miller has seemed like the best of substitutes during his time in Gainesville, and it’s probably his experience to back it up.
After the contest, Miller explained what drew him to Gainesville in the first place, his past relationship with Napier while the coach was at Arizona State, but also because he thinks the new Florida coach is on the way. point of building something special.
“I know he was going to build something special. Look what he did the last place he went,” Miller said, referring to Napier’s time at UL. “His formula works and I think he’s a very good coach with his day-to-day approach. He’s a player coach. He cares about everyone.”
Having Miller in the room is part of the reason Florida won’t be aggressive in the QB transfer gate. In fact, Napier indicated on his speaking tour recently — this time in Jacksonville, Fla. — that the program isn’t likely to bring in a QB at all, even after attrition.
“No, I think we anticipated some attrition to be quite honest,” Napier said at the event when asked about the potential to add a QB.
“You know, most years you’re going to be carrying four scholarship players, potentially five. I think we took Jack Miller with early attrition. I think we, just based on our research, our knowledge of the situation, definitely came out and signed Max (brown) as well.”
With Brown’s arrival in the summer, the Gators will have all four QBs on the roster under purse. Going forward, however, there is not much room for error. The inexperience and talent within the group, especially past the top two, is glaring and it could become a problem for Florida in the not too distant future if injuries occur in that position.
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