On Monday, Dan Mullen met Steve Sparrier at the Florida Football Bureau. For the second time this season, the former alligator coach offered something to the current alligator coach: a bottle of wine to celebrate a new milestone.
For the first time after the Gators attack, Spurrier gave Mullen a gift, setting the schoolyard record against the SEC opponent – breaking Spurrier’s 2001 team record. This time to celebrate Mullen’s first victory over Georgia – a 44-28 victory that brought Florida under the control of the Eastern SEC and kept alive hopes of a college football play-off.
The link between the two coaches is an important and authentic recognition of the past. Anyone who understands alligator football understands Syrian, as everyone in Gainesville expects to win: Set up the spectacular attack and score a goal.
Very much so.
That’s exactly what 6 alligators do, with an average of almost 500 meters and 42 points per race. While this seems to be the main philosophy of university football, Spurrier revolutionized the idea in Florida with his Fun ‘n’ Gun offensive in the 1990s, mixing the SEC with a first-pass mentality that made opponents play in slow motion.
Florida, under Spurrier, leveled the playing field, scored and won – and of course several championships – setting a difficult standard that almost all subsequent coaches had to meet after the 2001 season, when Spurrier retired.
Urban Meyer was the only one who did, and Mullen, in his condition, was fully aware of what Gators fans expect: that there should always be a quarterback in Florida, fertile resentment and incomprehensible glasses. But the idea is well anchored under the track.
As coach of Spurrier, he has set the bar very high – the fun not only wins, it also brings a lot of points for the fange community, said Mullen on Monday. So we’re trying to make it fun not just for us, but for the whole alligator nation, and I think we’re doing the right thing.
In fact, the way Florida plays for quarterback Kyle Trask is not necessarily reminiscent of Tim Tebow’s days when Mullen was attacking coordinator. It reminds us more of the way Florida used to play under the Spyurye – a new crime in the professional style.
Attack patterns can vary, but they all have one thing in common: the belief that every shot can go all the way to the touchdown, and bragging with the head coach’s visor that their attack always has an advantage.
Although Spurrier has never coached a quarterback as big as Trask, who weighs 1.5 yards and 240 pounds, he has had quarterbacks that have studied the game in the Trask way: a keen understanding of what the defense will give him, combined with the question of where to place the ball in the spaces that only his receivers can get.
Trask even carries the number 11 – the first quarterback since Spurrier in the sixties – and adds to that.
Kyle Trask has turned into Joe Barrow, Sperrier said when he got the call earlier this week. I mean, he makes touchdown passes and ends up in a nice pass.
Trask led the way in talking about the Heisman Trophy, where he missed 1,815 yards, 22 touchdowns and three interceptions in five games this season. He is the first SEC quarterback with at least four touchdowns in five consecutive games. The performance of Florida Heisman winners Danny Wurfel and Tebow never happened.
Seeing Trask at work in his pocket since he became a starter last season has put most of the last ten years on hold. Prior to her arrival, Mullena Florida suffered one of the worst offenses in the country and missed quarterbacks in every recruitment cycle, which was difficult for anyone involved in the program because of its proud history and tradition.
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Florida head coach Dan Mullen, who joined the SEC this morning, explains what it takes to turn the Alligators into a champion team.
After Sperrie retired in 2015 as head coach of South Carolina, he returned to Florida as ambassador and advisor and felt at home in an office in the job and field department. He often visited former coach Jim McElwaine and made suggestions for matches that were not always received with open arms. If there was dissatisfaction when the former favourite head coach and former students tried to exert some influence on the program, then today there is no more dissatisfaction.
People are quite thankful that Spurrier and his teams have remained loyal to the alligator from the training rooms to the fans. And even Spurrier says that what he sees now reminds him of what his teams did 25 years ago.
Fans love to see the touchdowns, they love to see the ball in the air, but you have to score points to win a lot of games, Spurrier said. With 17:13 you won’t win much, so it’s a little reminiscent of teams in the ’90s that could score goals. On Danny Dice’s day, we scored 50 points or more in every game in 1996, and that’s probably one of the reasons the fans liked to come to the swamp.
Leave it to Spurrier to point out that this crime wasn’t committed in Florida, but there’s a lot more going on. Compared to the two coaches in their first three seasons in the program, the Mullens teams averaged slightly more points per game (35.5 for Mullen, 30.3 for Sportier). This can be explained in part by the fact that the emphasis on attack in sport over the past ten years has robbed the defense of the mantra of winning championships.
And another thing: The Mullen teams have already played 10 games with a total of over 500 yards, including six against SEC teams. 101e. The 2010-17 season game in Florida included nine 500-yard games, including only five against SEC teams.
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It’s not enough to win in Florida – you have to win by throwing the ball, you have to win by a lot of points and you have to win in an entertaining way, said ESPN/SEC analyst Chris Doering, who played for Spurrier Receiver in Florida. So it reminds me a lot of what we did. We put the defense of the enemy under great pressure, and in the same way we put the defense of the enemy under great pressure.
When Coach Sportier arrived in 1990, teams like Georgia and Auburn were traditional division one teams and had to go to four and five sets of touchdowns and throw the ball on the edge of the field. So a big foul not only affects the opponent’s defense, but also makes him hold the field and score a goal every time he has the ball – as USL did last year.
Florida set the tone for their attack in Week 1 against Ole Miss, with a school record of 624 yards attack in total. Florida’s 571 yards against Georgia last Saturday, the longest allowed length for the Georgian defense since 2001, when the Alligators had reached 584 yards in the athlete’s final season as head coach. Mullen really needed a win, not only because he was 0-2 against the Bulldogs as head coach, but also because a loss would almost exclude Florida from the championship.
When the final seconds were over, Mullen celebrated it with his players on the field and then jumped into the stands to celebrate with the other fans. Video players in the dressing room made Mullen dance during a long-awaited holiday. Spurrier watched the game from the press gallery and said it was a good day for all the alligators and also for coach Mullen.
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But the work is still ahead of us, especially if this team wants to do the most important thing the Surrier teams have done: bring home the championship.
We put ourselves in a good position in the middle of the season, Mullen said. We still have our own destiny when it comes to what we can and want to achieve this year, but every great team will improve from week to week. The big teams don’t peak in the middle of the season. The large teams reach their peak at the beginning of December and then the beginning of January. That should be our goal and focus this week. If we don’t get better, last week was really irrelevant.