Gators land ex-ASU WR Ricky Pearsall

Florida added another weapon for QB Anthony Richardson when ex-Arizona St. WR Ricky Pearsall committed to the Gators on May 21.

With wide receiver Jacob Copeland and tight end Kemore Gamble transferring to Maryland and Central Florida, respectively, Florida has been looking to add some talent at WR for quarterback Anthony Richardson.

Billy Gillespie and his staff did just that this past Saturday when they secured a commitment from former Arizona St. WR Ricky Pearsall.

Pearsall paced the Sun Devils in receptions (48), receiving yards (580) and touchdown catches (four) last season. He also had 44 rushing yards and one TD on six carries for a 7.3 yards-per-carry average.

In 2020, Pearsall played in all four of ASU’s games, catching six balls for 86 yards and one TD. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder had 33 rushing yards and one TD on three attempts.

Pearsall has played in 24 games across three seasons, producing 61 career receptions for 794 yards and five TDs. He has 10 carries for 78 career rushing yards and two TDs.

Richardson’s top four targets at WR are expected to be Justin Shorter, Xzavier Henderson, Trent Whittemore and Pearsall. Shorter had 41 catches for 550 yards and three TDs last year.

In 19 games over the last two years, Henderson has 35 career receptions for 425 yards and three TDs. Whittemore has played in 15 career games, hauling in 29 grabs for 338 yards and two TDs.

Shorter, a 6-foot-5 wideout who was a five-star player who signed with Penn St. coming out of high school, had 25 catches for 268 yards and three TDs for the Gators in 2020.

Most books have UF listed at pick ’em for its opener at home vs. Utah. Circa has the total at 52.5 points.

FanDuel has Florida’s season win total at 6.5 wins, with an expensive price on the ‘over’ (-170, risk $170 to win $100). Bettors looking to take ‘under’ 6.5 wins can earn a +145 payout.

FanDuel has the Gators’ odds to win the SEC Championship Game at 60/1. They have 16/1 odds to win the SEC East.

FanDuel has UF listed as a 1.5-point home favorite vs. Utah and a four-point home ‘chalk’ (-105 price) vs. Kentucky in Week 2. The Gators are three-point home favorites vs. LSU in an Oct. 15 showdown at The Swamp. The Tigers have beaten UF in each of the last three head-to-head meetings.

FanDuel has Florida as a 15-point underdog vs. Georgia in their annual clash in Jacksonville on Halloween weekend. That number opened with UGA at -17. UF is a seven-point underdog (-105) at Texas A&M and a two-point ‘dog at FSU on Black Friday.

UF will be playing its first non-Saturday regular-season game since losing at Mississippi St. on a Thursday in 1992. ABC recently announced the game’s move to Friday for a 7:30 p.m. Eastern kick in Tallahassee.

FanDuel has moved that line by eight points in the last two weeks. It initially had the Gators as six-point road favorites at FSU.

DraftKings has Florida listed as the two-point favorite at FSU. It also has the Gators as 14.5-point underdogs vs. Georgia and seven-point ‘dogs at Texas A&M.

DraftKings is offering one UF game that FanDuel doesn’t have, listing Tennessee as a 4.5-point home favorite against the Gators. Florida is 16-1 in its last 17 head-to-head meetings against the Volunteers.

Since an extremely controversial win over UF in 2004 on a walk-off field goal, UT’s lone victory in this rivalry came in 2016 when it rallied from a 21-0 deficit to win a 38-28 decision. The Gators have won five in row over UT with the last four wins coming by margins of at least 12 points.

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