Welcome to Chomp Chat, SEC Country’s daily Florida podcast with reporter Zach Abolverdi and Gators broadcaster Jeff Cardozo.
As expected, Florida’s quarterback competition was a hot topic this week for first-year coach Dan Mullen at the SEC spring meetings.
Redshirt sophomores Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask and freshman Emory Jones battled for the starting job in spring practice, and the race will continue in fall training camp.
In an interview with SEC Network’s Paul Finebaum, Mullen discussed what he’s looking for from his quarterbacks this summer and gave three possible scenarios on how the competition will play out.
“When I’ve seen great gains made by quarterbacks and great development — I’m talking about not just to become a starter — but to become a great player, those gains are made between the last spring practice and the first fall practice,” Mullen said. “There’s so much time in there. You get into summer school and there’s less school time. There’s a little bit more down time where someone decides, ‘Hey, ‘I’m getting the receivers and we’re going to go throw and work on all of these little details. I’m going to spend extra time in the film room working and I’m going to spend time at night working the details of my game — handing off, fundamentals, technique, how I maintain and treat my body.’
“There’s so many little things at the quarterback position that go on between that day and this day that the great ones make enormous strides during that time. I’m trying to impress that upon on our three quarterbacks. One of three things happens: one guy separates himself and it’s an easy decision for us, everyone works their tail off and takes that to heart and we have a great quarterback battle going into fall, or no one works their tail off and we still have a quarterback battle going on in the fall. One of those three things will happen.”
In the latest edition of Chomp Chat, we discuss Mullen’s comments about the quarterback battle and who would be the likely starter in each scenario. Mullen also gave his thoughts on how the fan expectations have dropped at Florida since his first stint as offensive coordinator.
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