Our first random (and leftover) quotes of the spring was so well received that we’ve decided to come up with a sequel.
Afterall, everyone likes quotes, right?
So, here is our, “Spring (Tape Recorder) Rewind II.”
Dan Mullen on wanting Franks to be a game manager:
“I think he is taking steps forward. The one thing I notice, he works at it. He has football intelligence and he works at it. I think he works at studying the game and trying to understand game situations. Now we’ve got to get him to learn how to manage the game, because he understands the situations. But now how to manage a game.
“I know you people hate the word game manager for a quarterback. I love it. That, to me, is the greatest word ever, to manage the game. The management job means you do what it takes for us to win the game.
“You might have to make checks and hand the ball off and have us run and you complete a couple of passes here and there. You might have to come out and throw it 60 times for us to win. You might have to go in a battle, back and forth, and walk onto that field with a minute and 20 seconds left and put the team on your shoulders to win. All of that is managing. You are the manager. You’re the boss. You’re going to do what it takes for us to be successful. And what we have to do is make sure to continue to work.”
Safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson on former players coming back and getting involved in the program:
“It was stressed before, but it never really was heavy on our minds. This spring has been a learning experience for us. Bringing our guys back, guys that’ve been here, done that. Those championships on the wall, that’s them. So we’ve got a chance to put one on the wall hopefully this year to make them proud.
“It’s humbling. You’ve got to just take it all in. You can’t really go higher because they’ve been here and done it. We’ve got to learn from them and take a step forward.”
Mullen on working to get Tim Tebow back on campus:
“That’s the boss right there, Mr. Tebow. I’m looking forward to it and I think it’s always awesome to have him back. I know that I’m waiting. We’re going to work to have him back. We shared a special time and we’re going to make sure that he gets back and makes a connection with this team and they understand from him what it is to be a Florida Gator, what that Gator standard is from him like we have with a lot of other players. That’s important to me and I know he does so much, but we’ll make that work.”
Middle linebacker David Reese on the three freshmen LBs who missed last season, one to injury, two to suspension:
“I feel like they all have done a great job. Ventrell Miller had some big plays, had a lot of tackles, you know he did well in coverage, so you know he’s a linebacker who’s coming up quick. James Houston and Nick Smith they’re both on the edge, great pass rushers. They did that in high school also, so, they can drop back also.”
Mullen on the impending facility upgrades, including a stand-alone football facility:
“Man I’m fired up about it. I’m really excited. Our goal is to build the premiere facility in all of America. And when I look at a premiere facility it is the ultimate facility to develop players. Everything about our new facility will be to maximize the performance of our players. The efficiency, to be extremely efficient and everything is around the development of players, how to make them the best players on the field, off the field in every aspect of life. How do we help them become the best they can be?”
Mullen on how much he’ll be involved in the planning of the new facilities:
“I’ll be very involved in that. As a coach, a lot of times architects are looking at making the building look pretty. But as a coach, I’m talking about everyday functionality. This is what we need, this is how we need the building to flow, this is why we want one room next to another room, or doors in a certain location. Because I want guys efficiently moving around the building. I don’t want a line walking out of the team meeting room. I want to efficiently get in and out fast. How can we do that? So I’ll be involved in every aspect of the facilities.”
Cornerback CJ Henderson on making second team All-SEC as a true freshman last season:
“I guess I had a great freshman year, but I’m not satisfied at all with it. I’m going to continue working hard. I need to continue working on my technique and stuff. I have a long way to go.”
Sophomore cornerback Brian Edwards on the overall secondary, which is still fairly young:
“Man, we can be good. Especially since we played a lot of guys last year. We are together as one unit. We’re DBU. We’re just coming together now knowing the scheme and playing a lot of different coverages. We’re going to be tight. We’re going to be cool.”
Sophomore safety Shawn Davis on true freshman cornerback Trey Dean:
“He is very physical. He loves contact. He is a press corner to me. so I feel like he is very aggressive.”