Dan Mullen on QB rotation, Anthony Richardson's status and SEC scheduling
Florida’s players, coaches, and fans are buzzing about Saturday’s matchup at The Swamp with No. 1 Alabama.
Not only will the 11th-ranked Gators have the chance to show that they belong in the College Football Playoff discussion, but it will also be the first time that Florida will play the Crimson Tide at home since 2011, which head coach Dan Mullen discussed Wednesday during the SEC coaches weekly teleconference.
“We played them last December,” Mullen said. “The good part is, the fun part of these games — if we got rid of the permanent games in the SEC, we’d have more opportunities to play these games, which fans love. … The league creating more of these games is good for the fans, good for the players, good for the conference. … 2011? That seems like a long time between playing a conference team at home.”
Of course, one of the key storylines in the the Florida-Alabama matchup will be what the 11th-ranked Gators do at quarterback and how Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide choose to defend the dual-QB system, as everyone knows that Mullen will play both Emory Jones and Anthony Richardson.
“We usually have a pretty set plan going in,” said Mullen of the game plan with his QBs. “It’s pretty simple. They know the plan. Like our running backs, our receivers know the plan. … They prepare for the plan and kinda know what we have scheduled going into the game.”
As for Richardson, who tweaked a hamstring in Saturday’s win at South Florida, Mullen expects him to be ready to go Saturday.
“He’s done fine,” Mullen said. “He’s practiced every day. He’s still getting treatment, making sure he’s healthy and ready to go, but he’s had a pretty good week of practice.”