The growing expectation in recent weeks was confirmed on Monday when Florida Gators third-year sophomore quarterback Anthony Richardson declared for the 2023 NFL Draft, opting to forgo his remaining college eligibility and not take part in UF's appearance in the 2022 Las Vegas Bowl.
Richardson, a product of local Gainesville (Fla.) Eastside, enrolled at UF as a member of the Gators' 2020 recruiting class under former head coach Dan Mullen.
He saw the field sparingly as a true freshman before taking on a more prominent role in the program leading into and throughout his redshirt freshman 2021 season. Richardson earned the No. 15 jersey prior to fall camp, making him to first scholarship quarterback to don the number for Florida since Gator Great Tim Tebow in the late 2000s.
However, Richardson began the campaign as a backup to Emory Jones, Mullen's first quarterback signing as UF's head coach. While Jones struggled to string together consistent performances, Richardson saw his snaps increase and earned his first-career start against the No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs in Oct. 2021.