Dan Mullen joined 1010XL Radio in Jacksonville from SEC Media Days in Atlanta to discuss a variety of topics, starting with how different his Media Days experience is this year compared to the nine previous years as coach at Mississippi State.
“I think at Mississippi State early on we were trying to build a program and we did build a program, so it had a little different feel at that time,” Mullen said. “But obviously being at Florida, the pressures of the job, the expectations of the fans and everybody involved with it; there’s always a different feel with that standard and that expectation as head coach of Florida.”
Mullen was asked his level of excitement with this Gator team heading into 2018.
“I’m really excited with the team and how they have bought in to what we are trying to do,” Mullen said. “There is a long way to go before we play a game and training camp is going to have a lot to do with the type of team we are going to be this year.
“I’ve been really excited every step of the way with how this team has handled all the different situations we have put them in. All the things we have asked them to do, they have responded and they have bought in, worked and given great effort in everything that we have asked them to do.”
One of the biggest questions surrounding this Florida football team heading into 2018 is at the quarterback position.
“I feel pretty good about it and we have a great quarterback coach with Brian Johnson,” he said. “He and I are working together to put them in the position to be successful. We are not going to ask them to do things that they do not do well.
“We might have a system, but we might have to tweak our system depending on the strength of the quarterback. We are always going to try to put them in a position to be successful on the field and I think that gives confidence to the quarterbacks.
“The work they have put in on their own will determine how good the quarterback play is this year. I think we will have a pretty solid year and I’m expecting them to do a great job.
“If one of the guys went above and beyond to try and claim the job and be the guy, maybe we will have a special quarterback this year. You never know.”
Florida is hoping to have both Van Jefferson and Trevon Grimes, two star wide-receivers, eligible to play in 2018 after both transferred in from other Division One programs. Florida has yet to hear from the NCAA on their eligibility for 2018.
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