FLORIDA COACHING STAFF
Dan Mullen was named head coach in November
2017, becoming the 27th head coach in Florida
Mullen, 45, previously coached four seasons at
Florida (2005-08), serving as offensive coordinator
and playing a major role in a pair of Southeastern
Conference and BCS National Championships
(2006, 2008) during his tenure.
“We will give relentless effort in everything that
we do on and off the field,” Mullen said at his introductory press conference.
“Our commitment will match the passion that the Gator Nation has for this
Mullen’s made an immediate impact at Florida, much like he did at Mississippi
State, where he spent the previous nine seasons (2009-17) as its head coach.
The Gators boast their best rushing offense (209.5 yards per game), rushing
average (5.2 per carry), passing offense (217.2), total offense (426.7), yards
per play average (6.2), scoring offense (34.5 points per game), passing
touchdown total (27) and first downs total (269) since 2009.
Florida’s also inside the top 100 in scoring offense for the first time since
2014, as it ranked 32nd nationally entering bowl play. The Gators are inside
the top 80 in total offense for the first time since 2009, with their 426.7 yards
per game ranking 47th nationally entering bowl season.
The Gators saw the results in the win column, producing one of the nation’s
most impressive turnarounds. Florida is one of five nine-win FBS teams which
finished below .500 in 2017. This season was the first time in school history
UF bounced back from a sub-.500 season with at least nine wins, as it went
from 4-7 in 2017 to 9-3 this year.
While at Mississippi State, Mullen received the 2014 George Munger Award,
presented to the national coach of the yera by the Maxwell Football Club.
He was also the 2014 SEC Coach of the Year. His tenure with the Bulldogs
saw them ascend to a No. 1 ranking in regular season polls, and he led MSU
to a school-record eight consecutive bowl games. MSU shattered over 100
individual and team single-game, single-season and career statistical records
during Mullen’s tenure.
As offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at UF, Mullen worked with
Tim Tebow—a Heisman Trophy, Davey O’Brien and Maxwell Award-winning
quarterback—along with a Rimington Trophy finalist and a Biletnikoff Award
Player development has been a key to Mullen’s coaching career successes.
Twenty-two Bulldogs were chosen in the NFL Draft under Mullen from 2010-
17. Dak Prescott became the highest drafted MSU quarterback in modern
NFL Draft history, going in the 2016 fourth round to the Dallas Cowboys.
Prescott joined the following quarterbacks tutored by Mullen who were
selected in the NFL Draft: Josh Harris (Bowling Green), Omar Jacobs (Bowling
Green), Alex Smith (Utah), and Tebow (Florida).
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