Gators ready to take positive performance to the field, Mullen says

UF coach Dan Mullen. [File]

Florida’s football team has had a positive offseason, now it’s time to “translate that onto performance on the field,” Gators coach Dan Mullen said Monday ahead of the start of spring football practice March 16.

“Everyone I talk to, every part of the program has been a positive offseason,” Mullen said. “We want to come out of spring saying our team is in a good place going forward into fall.

“Now’s time to see them play some football. See if they are any good.”

In other topics discussed:

Mullen says the number of offensive lineman the Gators have now will “allow us to practice the right way. It’s hard to practice without any offensive linemen.”

Mullen says he expects a lot from Georgia transfer Brenton Cox, who sat out last year because of transfer rules.

•Quarterback Kyle Trask has handled the offseason well as the starter, Mullen said. “He has a couple of other guys in the (quarterback) room that expect to start next year.”

Trask has to understand the offense, make quicker decisions, the coach said.

Mullen says the balance of the roster is in better position than his previous two spring camps.

“There’s not a position on our team that isn’t wide open.”

Mullen said tight ends coach Tim Brewster brings a great personality, wealth of experience to coach position and strength as a recruiter.

Mullen said he’s looking forward to running back Malik Davis being back to 100 percent mentally and physically. “He’s confident and ready to go,” he said.

Mullen said he has more guys comfortable to be leaders than two seasons ago now that expectations have been established.

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