Dan Mullen talks importance of home-field advantage ahead of trip to Death Valley coming off big win in The Swamp
Florida is about to go from one tough home-field environment to another across the SEC, and the Gators will experience both sides. Coach Dan Mullen said that’s what sets the SEC apart.
“That’s what makes this league special, homefield is a huge advantage,” he said on the SEC media teleconference. “… I think it’s the fans on game day, I know the LSU fans do a tremendous job of giving them a homefield advantage.”
Mullen said he expects QB Kyle Trask to be a full-go on Wednesday at practice as he recovers from a left knee injury suffered against Auburn last week.
Mullen admitted that one of his favorite things to do is draw up gameplans each week.
“I love — trust me, I wake up loving being the coach of the Florida Gators but gameplanning and putting guys in position to be successful is a big part of it,” he said. “I love the X & Os of football, I know our staff does, we enjoy teaching, drawing up the gameplan and teaching it to the players… It’s a lot of fun, it’s one the things I enjoy doing.”
Speaking of gameplanning, Mullen said defensive coordinator Todd Grantham puts the Gators in position to make plays, and not just against LSU, but every week.
Mullen also gave a breakdown of LSU.
“I’d have to really remember what they were doing last year, schematically,” Mullen said. “I’ve paid more attention this year and offensively, they didn’t change coordinators on defense. They are doing a good job of utitlizing playmakers. That’s what you try to do, get them the ball in space… They have good running backs… The quarterback is obviously comfortable with what they are doing, he can make all the throws, he will be the best quarterback we have played this year.”
He added that new LSU assistant Joe Brady is doing a good job.