SPRING: Q and A with Coach Dan Mullen

Offensive coordinator Dan Mullen has the unenviable task of teaching Florida's new spread option offense to a very young team, many of whom are learning their second offense in less than a year. Gator Country spent time with Coach Mullen after Wednesday's practice to get his thoughts about how far the offense has come along in a short period of time.

On learning the offense …

"There's all different aspects of learning. There's guys that learn by writing it, by seeing it and by doing it. We give them papers and they draw it up and then like today, we walk through it all. That whole process takes time because we aren't afforded 40 hours a week like NFL guys. There is a limited amount of time we have, but we're getting there."

On where they are now compared to the beginning of spring…

"I'm going to say that we are a lot more comfortable today than we were Monday and I'm going to say that we're going to be more comfortable on Friday than we were today. The funny thing is that I've never had big crowds at practice before. Someone goes and makes a play and I hear all this cheering, but to me it could be luck. I want to see when I watch the film is all the technique --- perfect footwork, steps, everybody at every position is getting better and better."


Coach Mullen walks with Gavin Dickey (left) and Cornelius Ingram.

On what to expect on Saturday that should be different from last year…

"I'll be honest I guess I didn't watch a lot of scheme from a year ago, I watched a lot of personnel. I think you're going to see a team that is going to play hard. A team that might not execute perfectly, but that plays hard. If we get them to play hard and they start executing, then you're really going to see what we really can be and what we want our offense to be like."

On what's been the toughest so far…

"It's a spread offense. The toughest part is really fundamentals within the offense. We are very detailed fundamentally. It's hard for a guy to be thinking what to do on the play, and think about what he is supposed to be doing fundamentally. That's where we've made improvement, but the greatest improvement is yet to come."

On the learning time…

"There will always be a ton in the summer because that's when you can really dissect and break things down. The hard part is that we're trying to teach and get ready to play against our defense here, but we also have to learn the big picture of all the different defense that we are going to be playing against. We can walk through something that maybe we won't see at practice, but the walk through is where we can teach it."


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