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Mullen talks spring ball, new coaches, new and returning players

February 16, 2021

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Dan Mullen met with the media on Tuesday to discuss the start of spring practice, problems with the defense last season, attitudes coming back from Oklahoma, and more.

Here are the highlights:

  • Spring practice will begin this Thursday. Mullen spoke about how this will be the first time many players will participate in a spring practice. For most of the new players, this is their first time with the team after there were no spring practices last year due to the pandemic.
  • Still, there were some other factors as to how Florida was able to start spring early. According to Mullen, not being on the road in January to recruit allowed them to start spring earlier. Additionally, with Florida being open and the weather, the Gators are able to get a jump start.
  • One of the things that these practices allow Mullen to do is evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the new team. Players can watch their own film and see how they perform—what they do right and wrong. They can watch themselves, learn and make the corrections in practice.
  • Despite having spring practices, there will not be a spring game for the second year in a row. Mullen mentioned the pros and cons of the decision. With no game, the players have more time to focus on scrimmages which is less of an exhibition showcase compared to the Orange and Blue Game. However, with no game, several of the new players do not get to take that first snap on the field, eliminating some of that added pressure.
  • The new secondary coaches have been assigned their specialties. Jules Montinar will work with corners and Wesley McGriff will handle the safeties. But both coaches will be working together.
  • Mullen discussed the mood coming back from Oklahoma, and the changes heading into next year. Mullen spoke about how he looks forward to hopefully returning to some normalcy next season. The main area he is focused on improving is the sense of urgency in his defense. Players would go out onto the field with the ball ready to snap and they were still looking around. He really wants to emphasize getting to the line and set quickly and efficiently.
  • No word on Demarkcus Bowman's eligibility. Hasn't seen anything in writing from the NCAA. Mentions they're not sure what to do with the running back situation considering they haven't had practice. Could probably play more backs.
  • Mullen on his foot-in-mouth incidents: Maybe sometimes he said regrettable or misinterpreted things but you're always trying to get better. You reflect on whether something is approached correctly. We're in unique times and the message you might try to make could get legs of its own and spread from there.
  • Having spring practices allows Mullen to evaluate his players early seeing where they fit best in the scheme. “We are going to adapt to the strength of our players,” said Mullen.
  • Kyke Trask had the ability to throw for over 400 yards a game, whereas Emory Jones is a better running quarterback.
  • Florida has been successful in the transfer portal. Mullen credits his approach to his success rate. He picks players based on a need basis. When players leave early for the NFL or are injured, those are gaps that need to be filled.
  • Defensive tackle transfers Antonio Shelton and DaQuan Newkirk will bring leadership and maturity to a relatively young team. He is impressed with the example they set and the contributions they have been making to the team.
  •  Urban Meyer taught Mullen many of the things he uses as a head coach. Mullen’s core principles of accountability, passion for the game, and relentless effort were things he learned from the current Jacksonville Jaguar head coach.
  • Last season had many ups and downs. He sees a lot of opportunity to grow. He also looks at each win and sees how they were able to win and what worked. Also reviewing the losses to see what went wrong and how the team can move forward and improve. Florida was the only team to play National Champion Alabama to just a one possession game.

Mullen talks spring ball, new coaches, new and returning players

2,430 Views | 4 Replies | Last: 2 mo ago by EricN
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He still addressing the same issues as he did this past season.Nothing of substance!
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He still addressing the same issues as he did this past season.Nothing of substance!

So what did you want him to address?
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gatrkd50 said:

He still addressing the same issues as he did this past season.Nothing of substance!
As apposed to... not addressing them?

Not really sure what you're getting at there.
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Complainers just complain
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