Cotton Bowl Postgame Press Conference

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Dan Mullen and a bunch of players will speak with us after the game. Follow along for updates if you have any interest in doing so at this point.
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Mullen says they had a lot of opportunities for young guys tonight. Give Oklahoma credit. They played with a lot of discipline and made some big plays. He thinks the experience the young guys got is a big positive.
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He says the future is really bright. They got a lot of players some experience tonight. He couldn't be prouder of the season Kyle Trask had. That was really special, and he's really happy for him. Most of the guys who played tonight were on the scout team this season, so they kept things very simple for them. There's a lot they can teach on with that group.
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He says they had the roster numbers to not play this game, but their young guys wanted to go play on this stage. They know what it takes to compete in a game like this now.
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He says he would've loved to have their entire team and played their original schedule this season, and it's unfortunate that they didn't. They only had the team that they expected for a few games. He viewed this as the kickstart to the future rather than the final game to 2020. He wanted to be able to evaluate guys and teach moving forward.
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Mullen says this is such a unique deal. They only had 11 days off before the bowl game, and they didn't get the full bowl week experience. He doesn't know if opt-outs like this will become a major problem moving forward. They only had one player opt out the last two years. He thinks the sport needs to do a lot of evaluating. He loves all of the history and tradition in college football, but they can't hold onto the past. They need to forge into the future.
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He's excited that some young defenders got experience tonight. There are a lot of things that they can grow off of. He's excited about the future of the defense.
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He says he evaluates everything in the program after every season, and he'll do that moving forward.
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He says Emory Jones has learned a lot from Trask as far as the preparation it takes. He's excited to get going in the spring at the position. Both Jones and Anthony Richardson are different from Trask, so they'll build around their strengths. Hopefully, they'll be able to have a full offseason to develop some guys. He points out that Kaiir Elam is their veteran leader in the secondary, and he's never taken part in a spring practice.
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Mullen says Trask is a competitor. He's always learning and trying to improve. That'll make him successful in the NFL next year. He doesn't view his situation tonight as fair or unfair. It is what it is. Trask wanted to play, but Mullen told him at halftime that he would only give him the first drive of the second half before pulling him out if the game wasn't close still. He thinks he's had an unbelievable career because of the character he showed and the adversity he overcame.
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He says they were below the threshold on the defensive line, and they were extremely limited in the secondary. He talked to his team, and they wanted the opportunity to compete.
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He says they just played for the SEC Championship and a New Year's Six bowl. They're heading in the right direction.

That's all for Mullen.
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Trask says this isn't the way they wanted to go out, but at the end of the day, tonight was about getting the young guys some opportunities. He hasn't decided whether to return or not. He'll talk to his family and coaches in the coming days and figure that out.
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He says it's been a crazy journey at Florida, and he's enjoyed every second of it. All of the friendships and memories he made here made it all worth it.
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Emory Jones says the young guys will be ready to play on any stage after tonight.

Jordan Pouncey says he's prepared the whole season for his opportunity. He played every receiver position this year, and he was able to score his first touchdown tonight.
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Pouncey says he tried to help the younger guys and offer advice to them as much as possible this season.
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Jones says he feels good about taking over next season. He's waited his turn and worked his butt off. He learned a lot from Trask on how to conduct himself, and he feels that he's ready.
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Trask says not having his main targets made it more challenging. It takes an entire offseason to build timing and chemistry, and they had to expedite that process into three or four days for this game. The returning players will have a great offseason and get them back where they need to be.
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Trey Dean says they've got to work on the little things this offseason. They've got to bring up the Gator Standard, and they'll be holding up the trophy next season.
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Amari Burney says they take every loss personal regardless of the circumstances.

Mohamoud Diabate says he's proud of the team for everything they had to deal with and making it to this point. There are a lot of things going on this world, and they were able to finish this season.
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Diabate says they didn't see each other in-person until July this season. They weren't able to form that brotherhood and those bonds, and that affected their season.
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Dean says they've got to go back to the drawing board and make corrections, and that would be the case even if they won by 80. He thinks they have the talent, and he has faith in all of his teammates to play to the Gator Standard.
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Khris Bogle says Grantham coaches them to the best of his abilities. He can only do his part; they've got to take care of their end of the deal. Diabate adds that the players have to make plays. He can't blame Grantham when he doesn't make a play. He says Grantham has been in his office at 2 a.m. before. He cares a lot and has taught him a lot about the game. Dean says they've got to give their all for him.
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That's all for tonight.
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