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SEC Teleconference: No in-season changes to the defensive staff

October 20, 2021
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Dan Mullen answered media questions at the weekly SEC Coaches Teleconference, the lone media availability for Florida during the bye week. 

Here were the top takeaways from Mullen.

  • Unsurprisingly, coach Mullen was asked extensively about the quarterback situation. While he wouldn’t commit to naming a starter, change is absolutely possible. “We have two really good quarterbacks,” said Mullen, “I see us continuing down that path [of playing both of them].” Mullen said they would evaluate whether Emory Jones will remain the starter and that both quarterbacks will see action. Mullen also said they haven’t gotten far enough in the game plan to decide who will be out there for the first play of the game. With no advantage to giving a definitive answer at this time, there’s no way of knowing whether or not Mullen is considering making the move to Anthony Richardson.
  • When asked about Richardson’s development this season, Mullen played both sides again, saying, “I've seen improvement from both guys throughout the course of the year.” This is more evidence to suggest even if Richardson starts, we haven’t seen the last of Jones in Orange and Blue. 
  • Mullen was asked about the team’s focus and consistency this year. Mullen took responsibility for the team’s inconsistent play, but also pointed to different problems arising each week. He specifically mentioned how the Gators had 15 penalties at Kentucky but 0 at LSU, but also threw a staggering four interceptions. He said the team’s taking the bye week to try and iron out those inconsistencies. 
  • Mullen was asked about the defensive staff and whether changes have or would be made. He said they haven’t made any changes this week and as far as Todd Grantham’s future, “we’re focused on Georgia.” No decisions have been made yet, but he said they’d evaluate staff at “a more appropriate time.”
  • Mullen was asked about the state of the program right now in the face of fan frustrations and high-profile recruiting decommits. “I think we're headed in a good way with the attitude of the program,” said Mullen. He also said the attitude and energy at practice has been good. He didn’t, however, say anything in terms of the program’s big picture or recruiting. 

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

 

SEC Teleconference: No in-season changes to the defensive staff

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