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Mullen discusses early impressions of team, plans for offense
After wrapping up his first recruiting class as Florida coach, Dan Mullen turned his recruiting pitch to the fans last week while speaking to a group of approximately 500 supporters at the team’s indoor practice facility following National Signing Day.
In addition to requesting their support in filling The Swamp and showing their Gators pride, Mullen discussed his vision for the program and the progress he believes the team is already making.
He had just finished speaking to reporters for more than half an hour when he addressed the group of fans for nearly 60 minutes, touching on a variety of topics.
That included giving the crowd a progress report of the team’s offseason strength and conditioning program and the attitude his inherited roster has shown toward the new way of business.
“They’re buying in to the work ethic and the demands we’re putting on them, and that is what I am so excited about,” he said. “Their buy-in will accelerate the time it takes us to win a championship.”
Mullen also did a Q&A session with the fans, which included an insightful response into how he and his offensive staff handle the play calling during games.
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In other Florida football news
- Gators legend Tim Tebow continues to do impressive work outside of the sports world, organizing his annual Night to Shine event on Friday to provide a prom-like experience for special needs children.
- Speaking of Tebow, Mullen was asked about the potential for resuming the Heisman Trophy winner’s involvement with the program. Here’s what he said about it.
- Former Florida coach Jim McElwain is reportedly a top candidate to become Michigan’s wide receivers coach. That would be a surprising step backward for a coach who won national championships as offensive coordinator at Alabama before head-coaching stints with Colorado State and the Gators.
- With National Signing Day past, SEC Country’s Zach Abolverdi breaks down Florida’s top 10 recruiting targets for the Class of 2019.
- Abolverdi writes that 4-star defensive end Malik Langham was the most impressive recruiting coup for the Gators in this 2018 class. Florida beat out Alabama for the Huntsville, Ala., prospect.
- Abolverdi and Florida broadcaster Jeff Cardozo also discussed the high-profile signing of 4-star WR Jacob Copeland on the latest Chomp Chat podcast.
- Here’s a comparison of how Mullen’s first recruiting class compared to other Florida classes during coaching transitions.
- The Gainesville Sun’s Graham Hall caught up with Class of 2019 athlete Mark-Antony Richards, who is ranked the No. 39 overall prospect in the class by the 247Sports composite. According to the report, Richards, who finished with 954 rushing yards, 605 receiving yards and more than 1,100 return yards at Wellington High School in south Florida, will attend Florida’s junior day on Feb. 24 and also plans to attend the Gators’ spring game on April 14. Read the full story here.
In basketball news
- The Gainesville Sun’s Kevin Brockway reports that Florida center John Egbunu may need another procedure on his knee either before or after the end of the season. Egbunu tore his ACL last Feb. 14, and the Gators had initially hoped to have him back on the court in January, but his rehab has stalled because of swelling in his surgically repaired left knee. Brockway spoke to team trainer Dave Werner for the update.
- That said, Florida has seemingly regained some of its mojo on the court, rolling to a 65-41 win at South Carolina on Saturday for its second straight SEC victory. The Gators had previously lost three consecutive conference games. “This was our best performance of the year,” coach Mike White said afterward. See the rest of his comments here.
- The Gators are tied with Tennessee for second in the SEC at 8-4, two games behind Auburn. Florida hosts Georgia on Wednesday night in its next game.
- The Florida women’s basketball team lost 64-57 at No. 7 South Carolina on Sunday. The game was tied at halftime and the Gators were within 4 points entering the fourth quarter. It marked their fifth straight meeting with a ranked opponent as they dropped to 10-15 overall and 2-10 in the SEC. Funda Nakkasoglu led Florida with 21 points.
What they’re saying on Twitter
- Florida WR Tyrie Cleveland touched on the deeper motivations that fuel his football career:
— Cleve (@Tyrie_1) February 11, 2018
- Mullen tweeted about Tim Tebow’s Night to Shine event:
— Dan Mullen (@CoachDanMullen) February 10, 2018
— Dan Mullen (@CoachDanMullen) February 10, 2018
- As did Gators QB Feleipe Franks:
— Feleipe Franks (@18franks) February 10, 2018
- Former Gators baseball star Matt den Dekker returned to Gainesville this past weekend for Florida’s alumni game, which was won 5-4 by the current players.
— Matt den Dekker (@UpperDekker) February 11, 2018
- Here was the team picture:
Once a , always a .
Saturday's Alumni Scrimmage proved the #Gators program is all about family.
— Gators Baseball (@GatorsBB) February 11, 2018
- Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin tweeted his support to the university’s connection to the Winter Olympics:
— Scott Stricklin (@ScottStricklin) February 9, 2018
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