It’s day four of Gator football practice, and head coach Dan Mullen is still looking for improvement from his team before the season opener in less than a month.
Mullen said he has been seeing flashes of good work from all three quarterback candidates, but he’s looking for more consistency out of each of them. He hopes that consistency will come with hard work.
One quality Mullen is really going to be looking for from Feleipe Franks, Kyle Trask, and Emory Jones is the ability to understand not just their own position but the entire offense.
With the season quickly approaching, the number one question fans want an answer to is who will be the starting quarterback. But Mullen has made it clear that no one has set themselves apart from the rest, which he was hoping would have happened by now.
Despite this, though, he says each of their attitude’s has been really good in practice and that they just have some work to do.
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One consensus opinion regarding the Gator football team is the talent and depth that exists at the running back position, which Mullen says is very exciting.
Their natural abilities are some of the things he says he’s most impressed by.
Mullen wants this year’s football team to be a physical running team, so he still wants the running backs to continue to work hard and get better. There are a lot of intricacies involved in playing the position that Mullen says they don’t really know yet because they’re coming from high school where they were able to excel by using their raw talent to just run the ball.
However, Mullen still knows the weight is on everyone’s shoulders to be able to come together and create a consistent offense this season.
Emphasis on Special Teams
Something fans are hopeful will be different this year compared to the teams that played under Jim McElwain are special teams. And they will be happy to know that Mullen is putting a lot of emphasis on exactly that.
A big difference in the Gator football program that is already evident is the improvement in the strength and conditioning program.
Defensive tackle Khairi Clark says the conditioning program Nick Savage runs is unlike anything he has ever done before.
Clark says the team is constantly lifting heavy weights to maintain their strength and being “run to death” so that they’re conditioned well for the season and better than their opponents.
Because of this hard work, Clark says the difference between last year and this year is already very noticeable even though the season has yet to begin.
The players and coaching staff are all in agreeance that this is good for the team, and Mullen says even if the players are a little sore now in training camp, they’ll feel good after the season when all their hard work has paid off.