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First-year Florida coach Dan Mullen has given more than a half-dozen speeches this year to Gator Clubs and fans throughout the state.
His latest speaking tour took place this week, with stops in Lakeland, Fort Lauderdale and Miami.
Florida beat reporter Ryan Young of SEC Country has covered every single Mullen speech over the last three months and said the former Gators offensive coordinator has a message to deliver to the fan base.
“He wants the state to get behind the Florida Gators,” Young said following Mullen’s final speech of the week. “He wants fans to know how important he feels it is for them to be out there. One of his go-to lines is, ‘What comes first: The team wins and the fans follow, or the fans give the support and the team feeds off it? It doesn’t happen without the fans being there first.’
“He’s been very frank in saying that things have slipped at Florida from what he recalls ,and it’s on everybody to get it back where it was. Things have slipped in terms of the fan support, the energy within the program. Those are things he’s trying to fix before he even gets to Game 1.”
Young joins the latest edition of Chomp Chat to discuss Mullen’s comments about fan support, his quarterback situation and more.
Here are the topics on the show Friday:
- Young explains Mullen’s overall message to Gator Nation on his speaking tour and how Mississippi State fans helped him build the Bulldogs into a winning team.
- Young shares his perspective on Mullen’s comments this week about quarterbacks Feleipe Franks and Emory Jones — and Ohio State grad transfer Joe Burrow.
- Young discusses Mullen’s process of evaluating and critiquing his quarterbacks and why he did not look for separation between them during spring practice.
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