Mullen addresses media after fourth loss in last five games

Nov 7, 2021 | 0 comments

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After Florida’s 40–17 loss against South Carolina, Dan Mullen met with the media to discuss the game. No players were made available.

Here are the main takeaways:

  • To start off, Mullen was asked how he would explain the team’s performance. “That’s a tough one. I know everybody’s disappointed,” he said “I thought our guys had a great attitude this week. We got to create some positive momentum for the guys on the team. We as coaches got to improve and help them get better.” Mullen did not believe his team gave up and gave them credit for the way they handled adversity this week. “They battled,” he added. “They faced a lot of adversity and continued to battle.”
  • After going toe-to-toe with No. 2 Alabama early in the season, the Gators have lost three-straight and four of their last five on their way to a 4-5 record. “We got to make sure we have the right guys in the right position to make plays. We have to continue to build confidence,” Mullen said. “It’s not one little thing. If you go look throughout the season, there’s a lot of little things that have gone wrong. We’re not doing things that you play winning football at.” Mullen specifically named play at the line of scrimmage, turnovers, and special teams as the main issues.
  • The Gators were plagued with a flu outbreak this week, with as many as 20-30 players missing practice every day. “I give some guys credit,” Mullen said. “Emory Jones tested positive for the flu this morning. We had several guys not even come out on the field out of the bus. I don’t want to make excuses for those guys, but I want to give our guys credit for battling.” He added that they had to fly a few of the players up separately. Jones took all the snaps at quarterback today and went 17-for-30 with 258 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He added 26 yards and a fumble on the ground.

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  • Florida has been a balanced offense this season, but more successful on the ground. Tonight, the Gators opened up the deep-passing game early with Emory Jones completing a 52-yard pass to Justin Shorter and a 61-yard pass to Marcus Burke in the first quarter. “We fell behind a little bit, and we were moving the ball,” Mullen said. “We hit some explosive plays. Part of that for (South Carolina) was putting everybody at the line of scrimmage.” Mullen added that Florida has to be better playing at the line of scrimmage.
  • Mullen was asked about staff changes, specifically on the defense. “I’m not going to get into any of that stuff right now,” he said. “We’re going to evaluate where we’re at.”
  • Florida’s run-defense was one of the best in the country early in the season but has struggled tremendously over the last three games. “It’s something we have to look at. Maybe schematically some things going on. Some missed tackles. We have to be stouter up front. We have to be better and more physical right at the line of scrimmage and at the point of attack.”
  • Florida freshmen Jeremiah “Scooby” Williams and Chief Borders did not travel with the team. During the game, both went live on Instagram with Borders apologizing to Gator nation for the game and Williams laughing while watching. “I don’t know. I was coaching the game, so I wasn’t watching social media,” Mullen said.
  • Last week, Jordan Pouncey, Zachary Carter, Joshua Braun, and Dameon Pierce made headlines for being the only Gators to sing the alma mater with the band after the loss to Georgia. After the South Carolina game, more players were with the band, but Mullen missed singing the alma mater for the second straight week. “We’re on the road right now. That’s on me,” he said. “To be honest, I didn’t even know we had our band here today. We’ll sing with the band next week in the Swamp.”


WCC: Updates on everything Dan Mullen had to say can be seen HERE.

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