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Former Gator star Major Wright excited about future of program

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Former Florida safety Major Wright, who was a starter on the Gators’ 2008 national championship team, joined “XL Primetime” on 1010XL Radio in Jacksonville to talk about first-year head coach Dan Mullen.

“I love Dan Mullen,” Wright said. “He came in and he is getting things turned around back to championship football.

“I think with him coming in, with his energy, and just the type of coach that he is; I think he’s a player’s coach and everybody wants to play for a player’s coach. A player’s coach can get a player to run through any wall for them because they love that coach so much.

“That is what Dan Mullen is and he has more to prove, but within just this one year you can tell a big difference.”

Wright, who went on to play five seasons in the NFL with Chicago and Tampa Bay, is remembered by Florida fans as being a hard-hitting safety (ask Oklahoma wide receiver Manny Johnson about that). He was asked about his thoughts on this year’s Gator defense.

“Those guys are doing a really good job,” Wright said. “Even the guys that are stepping in and replacing the guys that are hurt, they’re also doing a tremendously good job and they are holding it down.

“That’s what you ask for from your teammates. If somebody gets hurt, then it’s the next man up.”

When asked about Florida defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and the aggressive style he has brought to Gainesville, Wright could hardly hold back his excitement.

“I love it, I mean I was an aggressive player, so I love it,” Wright said. “What you want to do is always keep the quarterback on his toes. You also want to keep the offensive coordinator on their toes because at any point they will be second-guessing themselves.

“Are they going to blitz? Are they going to fall back into coverage? That’s what you want to do and I think he is doing a great job.”

Wright was asked about how affective he feels Dan Mullen will be in attracting talent to Gainesville.

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