Florida just wrapped up a season that ended with no bowl game, a new coach and tons of anxiety from fans who want to see the program return to glory, but there’s reason for optimism.
On Saturday, sophomore safety Chauncey Gardner posted a tweet that indicates the Gators are galvanized under Dan Mullen, who replaced Jim McElwain after a little less than three full seasons in Gainesville.
This team vibe is completely different …. #ChangeFeelsGreat 🐊💯
— Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (@CGJXXIII) January 20, 2018
Mullen will be the fourth different coach since 2010 for Florida, but Mullen’s infectious energy seems like it’s being absorbed by his players.
Florida went 4-7 this season and was not bowl eligible for the second time in five seasons after qualifying for postseason play in 22 straight seasons dating to 1991.
The Gators reached the SEC Championship Game in each of McElwain’s first two seasons. However, the program could not correct its offensive woes amid a highly disappointing 2017 campaign.
Mullen was named as Florida’s new coach on Nov. 26, leaving his post as Mississippi State’s coach to return to the school he helped to two national championships in 2006 and 2008 as an offensive coordinator.
When it comes to transforming Florida’s offense, Mullen has gotten off to a decent start, most notably by landing 4-star dual-threat QB Emory Jones (a former Ohio State commit) before also attracting two transfer receivers in Van Jefferson (from Ole Miss) and Trevon Grimes (from Ohio State).