Dan Mullen has turned the Florida Gators offense around

The Florida Gators offense was so bad that a two-year-old joke about playing a dog at quarterback started to become an actual question? Did she have eligibility? Would it be a NCAA violation to play a furry, four-legged animal at quarterback and would the offense be worse for it?

Dan Mullen wouldn’t be in Gainesville if the Gators’ offense were firing on all cylinders. He inherited a unit that hadn’t finished in the top 100 in scoring since 2014 or higher than 83rd since 2010.

Mullen came to Florida and he promised fans that there would be offense. “Nobody likes scoring more than I do,” Mullen said at each and every stop during his spring speaking tour and the Gators have done that. Through 11 games Florida is averaging 33.9 points per game. That’s the most the Gators’ offense has averaged per game since 2009, one year after Mullen left Gainesville to coach at Mississippi State.

“I think it’s been really fun,” receiver Josh Hammond said of the offense this season. “I think everybody buying in and seeing the success that we’ve had has made it even that much more fun, because going into the season everybody was kind of not really knowing what was gonna happen, how things were gonna go.”

Hammond has been a beneficiary of the new offense. The junior is second on the team with 24 receptions and yards (296). His three touchdowns are tied for third and he has two rushing touchdowns this season as well. He’s also keeping a close eye on his career numbers, as he approaches his older brother Frankie’s career marks. Josh needs just eight more catches and 91 yards to pass his big brother’s numbers, something Josh has already reminded his brother of.

This year Florida has been significantly better and the stats back that up.

Florida Gators offensive improvements through 11 games in Dan Mullen’s first season / Photo from UF game notes
Nick de la Torre
A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC