The No. 9 Florida Gators (5-0, 2-0) took care of business once again Saturday, defeating the Towson Tigers (3-2) 38-0. The win for the Gators now makes it nine-straight.
At his postgame press conference, head coach Dan Mullen talked about the defense, expectations going forward and more.
Here are the highlights.
- Mullen gave a lot of credit to Towson for how they played today and praised their quarterback Tom Flacco.
- He said that they need to do a better job of getting off the field on third downs. However, Mullen was very pleased with their ‘bend don’t break’ mentality as they defense didn’t allow any points.
- Mullen thanked Gator Nation for showing up today. He added that next week should be a touch louder in The Swamp.
- On the injury front, Mullen said they expect all the injured guys back (C.J. Henderson, Jabari Zuniga, Shawn Davis, Freddie Swain) for next week with the exception of Kadarius Toney. Toney’s timeline is at 2-3 weeks, Mullen said.
- Mullen said the trainers told him they got out of the game fully healthy with no new injuries.
- He said they will find out next week if this team has another level.
- “No matter the situation, good or bad, we’ve taken care of business,” Mullen said.
- Mullen once again praised Jon Greenard for his play and the way he has stepped up as a leader.
- Mullen said that Kyle Pitts has become more comfortable in the offense and the results are showing. Says he’s getting better with his routes, finding open space. Mullen said Pitts is a great mismatch.
- He said he doesn’t think the team overlooked Towson ahead of next week’s big game against Auburn.
- Mullen said missed assignments were a major issue in the running game and that needs to be cleaned up. Said the offensive line needs better mental toughness.
- He added that Richard Gouraige has done a really good job. Says they looked to roll guys in on the offensive line but couldn’t as much as he would’ve liked due to not running enough plays
- Mullen said today’s halftime was another unfriendly one. Watch for it on the HBO special, he said the cameras were running.
- Mullen was disappointed with the missed tackles, but liked that guys were in the right place to clean up on misses.