At the 2018 Spring SEC meetings in Destin, FL, this week, all of the conference coaches are ramping up for this fall.
However, it’s an informal situation with only select media allowed access to hear from them.
On Tuesday afternoon, new Gators coach Dan Mullen joined the signature tv/radio show for SEC Network fans, “The Paul Finebaum Show” on location at the meetings.
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) May 30, 2018
Probably the most pressing question, and Finebaum asked about it, is has any of the three QB’s distinguished themselves to potentially be a starter next year? This includes last year’s starter for much of the year, Feleipe Franks.
Mullen said that he has one indicator that he has always tried to impress on any of the QBs he’s coached ( from Tim Tebow to Dak Prescott and, so on) and that is the off season improvement is crucial.
“These guys (quarterbacks) are learning…..I’m trying to impress upon them…: when I’ve seen great gains by the quarterback, …. I’ve seen those gains, and I’m talking about becoming a great player, those gains are made from the last spring practice to the first fall practice.”
“We’re developing the quarterbacks. So what does each guy need at this stage of their career to make them a better player? That’s what we are working toward.”
Then, Finebaum turned to the question about expectations and the “winning all the time” mindset that Florida seems to have lost. And, Mullen, who we wrote earlier this spring has been doing everything he can to campaign on campus for support, didn’t shy away from the lofty goals in Gator-land.
“The mindset of a team of expecting to win every single year…. It’s the process of doing that. that’s different. I think over the last several years, the confidence has been…dropped. 10 years ago when I left Florida,… they had won two of the last three national championships…. I don’t know that I feel that out there with everyone….It’s our challenge to embrace those expectations….It’s not just everyone in the football office, the coaches in that football office and the players. It’s the entire fan base of getting back to what that Gator standard is.”
There once was an “aura” around the Gators and that clearly is gone, but as Mullen knows, you start winning again, and it can be back.
And, he knows that as Spring gives way to Summer, there’s no time to waste.
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