Florida-Georgia: Anthony Richardson starts under center against Bulldogs

After two weeks worth of speculation and questioning who would pilot the Florida offense on the opening play against the No. 1-ranked Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday, it was redshirt freshman Anthony Richardson who got the nod.

Richardson acted as a catalyst for the Gators late in their 49-42 loss to the LSU Tigers on Oct. 16, but fell short when his final drive ended in an interception at the LSU 30-yard line.

However, despite the loss, most Florida fans had seen all they needed to out of the Gainesville native and were ready to see Richardson take the keys to the Gators' offense.

Mullen, on the other hand, wouldn't commit to naming Richardson -- or anyone for that matter -- the starter.

Mullen told reporters on Monday that both Emory Jones and Anthony Richardson were getting reps with the starting offense. And according to Mullen, that's how it is week-in and week-out.

"You gotta get both guys ready to go play," Mullen said. "We get both guys a lot of reps. It's probably a little more even than a lot of places... we try to keep them pretty evened out so that they are both ready to play."

Mullen's reluctance to name a starter continued into Wednesday morning when he jokingly assured the media during the SEC teleconference that the Gators would field a quarterback, regardless of whose name was on the back nameplate.

“We will play a quarterback on Saturday. We’ll have a quarterback on the field,” Mullen said Wednesday.

After the Gators' defense got off the field unscathed following a missed 46-yard field goal off the foot of Georgia's Jack Podlesny, the Gators put a quarterback on the field -- and it was the greener of the two in question.