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Florida coach Dan Mullen showed off his high energy level during the Gators' first spring practices.

Dan Mullen bringing his own energy to Florida spring practices

Ryan Young

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New Gators coach setting tone this spring

Florida opened its first two spring practices to the public last Friday and Saturday, and Gators coach Dan Mullen’s energy was unmistakable.

Mullen was running around the field with his players, helping set the tone for what he expects this spring.

“I’m excited to be out here. I’ve been dying to get out here and start doing some football, get into some practice and all that,” he said. “That’s just me kind of flying around, excited to be out here, having some fun.”

Several players retweeted a video of Mullen running with the players from station to station.

“Man, that guy always has energy, from our workouts to this time, and I’m pretty sure in the season he’s always going to have energy and be with us every step of the way,” Florida linebacker David Reese said.

More than 1,000 fans attended Florida’s practice on Saturday, and Mullen liked the response so much he announced that he is opening practice to the public again this coming Saturday.

The latest edition of the Chomp Chat podcast reflects on the fan turnout and excitement surrounding spring practice.

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In other Florida football news

Recruiting roundup

  • Derick Hunter, a 4-star defensive end from Fort Myers, Fla., describes how he already is learning from Gators defensive line coach Sal Sunseri, who taught him how to read an offense’s snap count. “I was out there calling what the offense was about to run, and it’s easy for me now. I learned that from Coach Sal,” Hunter told SEC Country. “He taught me that in film study, and no coach has ever taught me that. During practice he came over and gave me a little test about it. He wanted to see if I remember what he told me, and I did. So he’s a good coach when it comes to teaching us what we’re supposed to know for our assignments.” Read more about Hunter’s thoughts on the Florida coaching staff here.
  • Florida got a commitment from Umstead Sanders, a junior college linebacker. SEC Country’s Zach Abolverdi weighs in on what that means for his brother, 5-star running back Trey Sanders.

In Florida basketball news

Florida baseball hosts Jacksonville

  • The Gators (18-4) host Jacksonville (13-8) on Tuesday night at 6 at McKethan Stadium.

What they’re saying on Twitter

  • Egor Koulechov thanked Florida and its fans for his one season with the program:

  • Gators punter Johnny Townsend posted a picture of the plaque he received for leading the NCAA in punting average:

  • Former Gators linebacker Jon Bostic has a contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers:

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