SZNAP CHAT – SEPTEMBER 6
By Adam Sznapstajler

IN SEASON QB CONTROVERSY

After a year of empty stadiums almost everywhere but Texas last season, we finally saw the opening weekend of the 2021 College Football Season. After a jam-packed offseason of new NIL laws and conference musical chairs and much more, the 2021 season started as many do, with an Alabama domination. This year the victim was the once dominant University of Miami.

Early eye test shows Alabama is, once again, the team to beat in college football. Second place contender Clemson took a loss against Georgia last weekend. With this win, Georgia is on the shortlist to not only contend for the SEC championship but also the National Championship. The Bulldogs have only one more ranked game the rest of the season. That is against the feature of my piece, and my personal (only a little biased) championship hopefully, the Florida Gators.

The Gators spent week 1 dominating in state rival FAU. In the Gators victory we saw a few questions answered and some other more important ones raised.

First of all, we saw the Gators defense show up. Against a veteran and competent FAU offense led by former UM QB N’kosi Perry, the Gators held the Owls to zero points until garbage time. The front line was dominant, the linebackers tackled well, and the secondary avoided the big plays that beat them last season.

The real storyline from this game came from the performance of the Gator’s quarterbacks. Coming into the season, the hype has squarely been on Emory Jones as the heir apparent to Kyle Trask. Jones had played 24 games over the past two seasons and, although he hadn’t gained much passing experience, the ability to read defenses has definitely been developed.

However, after a lackluster performance the Gators put in Freshman Anthony Richardson. A dual threat QB, like Jones, Richardson kept the defense on their heels the entire game running for 160 years. More impressively he showed command of the offense.

I personally believe that Jones should get a second opportunity to start this week at USF but, with the Nick Sabin led Crimson Tide rolling into Gainesville in two weeks, it might be time to open the competition back up.