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Mullen Monday: Jones has a stronger arm, throws a better deep ball compared to Trask

March 8, 2021
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Dan Mullen met with the media today to discuss all things spring football, the first scrimmage, the differences between Emory Jones and Kyle Trask, and more.

Here are the highlights.

  • There are just two weeks left of spring practice for Florida. Mullen continues to work with the offense finding the perfect balance. “Every year it’s been a little bit different,” Mullen says. “Some things are going to be a little bit different for us.”
  • In referring to the number of plays run by the offense, fans may see this year in comparison to the Trask offense - Mullen said that he aims to build the most efficient offense based on each player’s strengths. “We will probably have a couple more quarterback runs than we had last year.”
  • “You need to have explosive plays to be successful,” Mullen adds. While the offense may be different compared to last season, Mullen assures the media that there will be elements from last year mixed with new plays and players.
  • After missing last spring, Mullen’s approach is no different. It’s about teaching, evaluating, and building foundations in spring, according to Mullen. He aims to spend equal amounts of time with the offense and defense. “I’m probably evenly on both sides of the ball in practice.”
  • After being told that Urban Meyer spoke highly of Mullen’s offensive coordinating ability. Mullen appreciated the nod from his former boss. “You have to understand defense. You have to understand why you are doing what you are doing,” he says when discussing his time spent monitoring and evaluating both sides of the ball.
  • The first scrimmage took place on Friday evening. Mullen says it went well and the guys were able to stay healthy. “The first opportunity to let it all blend together,” Mullen added regarding teaching fundamentals all spring. Being able to see each player in various game situations helps them become more acquainted with one another and with Florida’s gameplay.
  • Mullen said that the quarterbacks were solid. The receivers were good. He adds that there are game situations to teach off of, but they continually rotate guys in to play. It is not like a game, just game situations.
  • “He’s got a really strong arm with a quick release,” Mullen said about Emory Jones’ throwing ability. He saw his potential way back when he was recruiting him while he was still at Mississippi State. “When he got here you saw the talent that he had,” Mullen adds. He continued to praise Emory’s athleticism in the pocket and his ability to scramble.
  • “The more you play the more you get to understand the defense,” Mullen says. He harps on the fact that Jones will be different than Kyle Trask. They are unique. There are ways they each succeed. Jones has a stronger arm according to Mullen, but Trask had much more accuracy in his passing, Mullen adds. “I just think they are very different players.” Trask was more of an angle and pocket guy; Jones can extend outside mixed with his threat to run and speed.
  • “There’s a bunch of guys continuing to grow and develop,” Mullen says. “The fact that we’re young this year it’ll be interesting.”
  • “The end of spring ball to the beginning of training camp is a critical time,” Mullen said about his team’s transition. Last year, they didn’t have all the video and the ability to physically work on it. Thus, some of the reasons the offense seemed to play more advanced were due to the inability to play spring and lack of video to watch and learn from in the offseason.
  •  Donovan McMillon is one young guy who Mullen has been using at safety. McMillon has the ability to play many positions and brings high energy to the field. “His attention to detail to do it right stands out.”
  • “They like each other as a team,” Mullen says regarding the attitude of his spring team. The leaders are adding to the morale, but it’s channeled into learning. When things go wrong, Mullen says the leaders bring the hype and help the young guys.
  • Mullen spoke on Todd Grantham. “Todd’s a great football coach,” Mullen says, “I think he’s as competitive now as he was last year.” Additionally, he says the two work well together and that the ‘checks and balances’ are about them putting guys in positions to be successful. It’s all about perspective and not comparison

Mullen Monday: Jones has a stronger arm, throws a better deep ball compared to Trask

5,871 Views | 3 Replies | Last: 6 mo ago by Bd489
Vinny B
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.........."but Trask had much more accuracy". Read between the lines. EJ has a lot of work to do.
Mark Wheeler
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You will likely see more running to play to Jones' strength, and that in turn should open things up deep - and allow Florida to take more shots down the field.

Bd489
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Trasks deep ball was his weakness, so saying someone else is better at that isn't a tremendous compliment. I think jones will be fine, but I do get the feeling Mullen is protesting a bit too much on this.
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