FLORIDA FOOTBALL & RECRUITING COVERAGE
- Weekend Visitor Insider Recruiting Notebook II
- Weekend Visitor Insider Recruiting Notebook I
- Recruit Reaction Part II: 'They didn’t back down, they stood their ground'
- Recruit Reaction Part I: 'I really enjoyed every second of the game'
Florida head coach Dan Mullen spoke to the media for his weekly Monday press conference, giving his thoughts on last Saturday’s performance against Alabama and his team moving forward.
Here are the main takeaways:
- Mullen was adamant that there was no moral victory in the 31-29 loss to Alabama and there was no celebrating in the team meeting held earlier today. “You're not gonna beat a team like Alabama making the mistakes that we made,” he said. Mullen did emphasize that there were a lot of things to build on, including the team’s fight and ability to make corrections. He also added that the environment was great and played a role in the game, saying, “there's passionate Gator fans out there and I think they need to understand that they are critical in the success of this team.”
- Mullen said quarterback Anthony Richardson was available Saturday but wasn’t 100% with his hamstring injury. He said they didn’t want to risk it and turn a “two-week injury into a six-week injury.” He said they’ll see how he responds in practice this week and hopefully he’ll be at or near 100% by Saturday after not playing last week.
- Mullen said four of the seven offensive linemen who played Saturday “graded out.” “That was pretty good defensive front we played there,” said Mullen, “but I thought we were able to move the ball through, you know, pretty consistently through the course of the game and overall played pretty well.” He did add that they had things they still needed to improve on upfront. The Gators rushed for 258 yards against Alabama on Saturday.
- Following up on the success of the line, Mullen spoke briefly about offensive line coach John Hevesy, saying players understand and respond to his methods over time. “He's kind of like a wine,” said Mullen, “he gets better with age sometimes.”
- Mullen said he spoke to running back Lorenzo Lingard after Lingard posted his frustrations about lack of playing time in a since-deleted tweet. “Guys want to play. It’s a long season, there’s a lot of opportunities,” said Mullen. He pointed out that the tight ends didn’t have a catch in the first two games, before catching multiple passes Saturday against Alabama. Lingard didn’t touch the ball Saturday and has just seven carries for 27 yards so far in 2021.
WCC: Updates on everything Dan Mullen, Kaiir Elam, and Emory Jones had to say can be seen HERE.