Gators Reward Mullen With Special Bounce-back Win
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dan Mullen declared last week that his team had to get tougher and vowed the process would start at practice. No one in the UF locker room following Saturday’s 48-10 victory over Colorado State at Spurrier/Florida Field would have dared make any sort of declaration that a win against a Mountain West foe represented any sort of referendum on toughness.
But, obviously, the Gators listened to their head coach. As in all Gators. As in offense, defense and special teams.
Especially special teams.
Freddie Swain returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter and the UF special teams blew up a pair of CSU punt plays, including one that was blocked and recovered for a touchdown. Third-year sophomore quarterback Feleipe Franks threw a couple touchdowns, a pair of tailbacks broke off huge scoring runs, and the Florida defense forced a trio of turnovers in what was an across-the-board rebound from last week’s disheartening (and historic) loss to Kentucky.
“We have a lot of things to work on, but we get to do it this week with a smile on our face,” said Mullen, whose Gators (2-1, 0-1) will return to Southeastern Conference play next Saturday when