Florida coach Dan Mullen and the offensive staff will have Kyle Trask working on his ball security in the pocket this week after losing three fumbles in the win over Auburn last Saturday.
“A lot of that comes from experience,” Mullen said. “The one thing you look at is not having played a lot in game situations. At practice, you don’t hit the quarterback. You stay off the quarterback. In those situations, just of understanding your pocket ball security, two hands on the ball, where you feel it you’re pulling it a little bit tighter. Just pocket ball security. That comes with experience of playing.”
The Florida defense not only played with great passion and toughness against the Tigers, it also played smart. In an intense game, the Gators had zero penalties on defense.
“I think it was huge for the guys to come out there, and it just comes down to how clean we played,” Mullen said. “One, the ability to get off the field. We didn’t play tons of plays. We created a bunch of three-and-outs. Obviously, defensively, you want to play the least number of snaps possible. You want to play the least number of snaps playing great defense. The discipline showed of our guys, their focus, the execution and how they executed. The game plan that Todd (Grantham) and the staff put in was great.”
Mullen on Burrow
Mullen, the quarterback whisperer, is impressed with LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, who is putting up 300-yard passing games every week.
“He’ll be the best quarterback, obviously, we’ve seen so far this year,” he said. “He can make all the throws. He’s got experience. Playing in big games, that’s not new for him. He’s played in a bunch of big games.
“He’s got great skill players around him. You can see his trust in those guys to go make plays out there. And I think he’s just deceptively, really athletic. He can extend plays in the run game. If you’re going to give it to him, he’s going to take it. He’ll be a good challenge for our defense.”
In his time at UF, Mullen has shown a propensity for gambling on fourth down. His gamble Saturday — a fake punt by punter Tommy Townsend — failed badly and led to Auburn’s touchdown.
“Anytime you do that stuff if it works you’re a genius and if it doesn’t you’re an idiot,” he said. “The fake punt against Miami. What did you all think about that? Genius.”