Dan Mullen discusses questionable decision to run early fake punt
Many Florida fans were not pleased with head coach Dan Mullen’s decision to run a fake punt early in the second quarter of Saturday’s game against Auburn.
Although the Gators went on to win, 24-13, that failed fake punt was immediately followed by a Tigers touchdown that cut Florida’s lead to 14-13 with 10:23 to go in the first half. However, Auburn didn’t score again, so the fake punt decision didn’t come back to hurt Florida.
After the game, Mullen stood by his decision when speaking with the media.
“You can’t bring it home with you. We practice it. We got a bunch of them. We practice it. They played a different look than what we were expecting. A different look than they’ve ever shown. Good for them,” Mullen said smiling. “They won that play. Is what it is. We’ll call more.”
Although the play failed, it was still a successful day for the Gators, who moved up to No. 7 in the AP Top 25 poll after their big win over the Tigers.
After improving to 6-0, Florida has a tough matchup next week when it travels to play No. 5 LSU on Saturday. And perhaps Mullen will even break out another fake punt against the Tigers.