Mullen: '2-0 in the SEC East is right where you want to be'

Sep 21, 2019 | 0 comments

After a sloppy start, the No. 9 Florida Gators (4-0, 2-0) finally got things clicking on their way to beating the Tennessee Volunteers (1-3, 0-1) 34-3 in The Swamp.

During his postgame presser, head coach Dan Mullen talked about quarterback Kyle Trask’s performance in his first start, the dominance of the Gators defense and more.

Here are the highlights.

  • Mullen said it was a good win despite having some things they need to clean up. He said they have to work on not taking so many penalties and as always, the turnovers are never good.
  • Mullen praised the defense for the energy they brought and Todd Grantham for the game he called. Mullen said he wasn’t that involved in the defensive side of things this week as he wanted to focus more on the quarterbacks.
  • Speaking of quarterbacks, Mullen said Kyle Trask was ‘solid’ in his first start as a Gator. Said he thought he was sharp and made good decisions with the ball. He wasn’t too upset with the interceptions, as Trask took shots downfield on both of them and he liked that he gave the receivers a chance. Mullen says he thought Trask remained relaxed throughout the game and continued to tell Trask to just have fun.
  • More on Trask, Mullen said he wasn’t surprised at his performance last week, nor was he surprised this week. However, he said he was surprised that this was Trask’s first start since he was 14. Mullen added that he believes Trask has always been ready to go since he became coach.
  • On the play where Mullen lost his temper which resulted in his losing his headset, he was upset with the energy. Says guys were just lazy getting set at the line, weren’t ready for the play so he had to burn a timeout to avoid a delay of game.
  • Of the turnovers, Mullen says he can live with the interceptions. Says those are much more coachable than the fumbles.
  • Offensively, Mullen says they ran their offense today. Florida focused on spreading the ball around to receivers and continued to try to run. Says that being in the lead and the way the defense was playing allowed them to stick with run and kill some clock. He added that the play calling hasn’t changed despite the new quarterback, but they are looking to throw the ball more.
  • There were no specifics, but Mullen said that Ventrell Miller should hopefully be okay moving forward after leaving the field early with an injury.
  • Mullen said they would have like to get Emory Jones in a few more times. Said they had plays set for him, but just couldn’t get to them.
  • For his offense, Mullen said the prototypical quarterback is a ‘winner’. A guy who is mentally and physically tough, can make good decisions, has leadership qualities. Says if they have those traits, they are much more coachable and can scheme them successfully.
  • Defensive end Jonathan Greenard had another monster game along the Gators defensive line and Mullen gave him a lot of praise, particularly in Greenard’s and the defensive line’s ability to bat down some passes at the line.
  • Mullen also had a lot of good things to say about the Gators receivers. Says the veterans in that room have really stepped up. Says they always know where to be and how to get open when needed.
  • Lastly, Mullen praised quarterback coach Brian Johnson for his communication with his position group. Says he’s always coaching them up and said he sometimes calls plays here and there. Says Johnson will suggest plays throughout the game and Mullen either goes with that or whatever call he already had on his mind.

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