Notebook: Seminoles also gaining confidence, Mullen says

Florida State's Tamorrion Terry looks over his shoulder after catching a 74-yard game winning touchdown in the second half against Boston College in Tallahassee last Saturday. Florida State defeated Boston College 22-21. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

Florida coach Dan Mullen talked earlier in the week about how his offensive players have started executing better because they’ve grown more comfortable in the system.

He said he sees something similar happening in Tallahassee with the Seminoles in new coach Willie Taggart’s offense.

“A lot like what we do, they’re very different than what they’ve done in the past,” Mullen said. “It’s the guys adapting to the new offense. I’ve watched them and they have explosive playmakers. One of the things that always worries you is they’re a team that they’ve made mistakes, but as they get more and more comfortable in the offense the more and more efficient they are.

“They’ve got playmakers and they need to make plays. The game last week against Boston College, which was a ranked team, when they needed to make plays they just scored at will. I think they’re getting more comfortable in what the offensive system is and what they’re trying to do.”

Swaying recruits?

Mullen said he doesn’t think the winner of the Florida-Florida State rivalry necessarily gains an edge in recruiting.

“Through the years, I haven’t noticed it really have a whole lot of effect,” he said. “We’ll see. It might be different here than it was in the state of Mississippi for me when I was there. I guess we’ll find out where that sways people.

“Programs are different. I imagine they run their program very differently than we run our program. It’s in a different location and very different academics. I think where people look at it, they want to go to that school with that academic reputation, major in this major and be a part of the program and how this coach runs the program. And that fits their personality.

“And so I think that has a lot more to do with it in recruiting than who wins the rivalry game.”

Positive finish

Winning the game might not have an impact on recruiting, but it does on the offseason.

“Well, obviously it helps a lot because you want to finish on a high note to the season,” Mullen said. “Winning this game would be big for the guys that are on the team. Hopefully, we start a streak going in the other direction.

“Going into the offseason, you want to finish on a really high note because it creates a lot of excitement and energy for the next season.”


  1. Stop it… just stop it.

    Yes, I know, you need a story line for a game that should basically be a convincing Florida win Saturday, and you want the readers clicking on articles. I get it. Now, for reality…

    Mullen is doing what I like as our new Head Coach… he’s showing respect for his opponent and that’s fine, but truth be told?

    There is no confidence at fsu that I’ve seen. I live hear Tally, known a LOT of people who work at fsu and who are affiliated with that program over the years, and I don’t see the confidence at fsu. When their CB Samuels has to publicly say they’re going to “beat Florida”, it demonstrated trepidation and insecurity to me. willie taggart is not a popular coach in Tallahassee, or with a number of his players either.

    fsu’s locker rooms have been a hotbed of arguing, in-fighting, and dissention since before the season kicked off, and it only got worse as the season wore on. It reached it’s peak after their three-game losing streak of blow-out’s to Clemson, N.C. State, and Notre Dame.

    And Boston College was ust another example of how Steve Addazio should find a job with Bobby Petrino teaching potential head football coaches how to choke away certain wins.

    For the first time in over half a decade, this is Florida’s game to lose. We’d have to lay a seriously rotten egg to lose this game Saturday, but I don’t see that happening. I’ve seen nothing from fsu to suggest they are suddenly going to put together this huge “A” game for the Gators. fsu’s marquee win was a 1 point victory ove a Steve Addazio – coached Boston College team with a hurting QB and RB.

    If fsu was capable of one of these “A” games, they’d have shown one somewhere between 0 – 0 and 5 – 6. The Gators have the head coach who’s been in this rivalry, who’s coached in the toughest dvision in CFB for nine years, and who has faced much harder competition and annual schedules than fsu’s willie taggart. UF leades fsu is practically every statistical and national ranking category, and bar some sort of total melt down, should win this game handily.

    Throw rivalry out the window… it didn’t mean a damn thing ver the last five years when fsu came into this game the superior team, and it won’t mean a lot Saturday at noon either when the Gators enter this contest the better team.

    • Think of the season as a war; each game is a battle, minus pyrotechnics, complete with tactical decisions, varying troop formations, and its own type of violent kinetics designed to restore cave dwelling as an acceptable way of life on the opposing side.

  2. Todd, I sure hope your right. My head 100% tells me that you are, while my heart is nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs. I can’t take another loss to the hated semenoles ! The wife, kids and dogs would have to go to Grandma’s for a week cause I’ll have to pull a bender for sure if we blow this one. Come on Gators, if not you then who? If not now then when? Work em silly boys and bring home the dub to titletown.