Notebook: Mullen looks back at first week of spring

Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen spoke to the media on Tuesday to discuss where the team is as it heads into its second week of spring practice. He updated on the progression of the quarterbacks and offensive line as well as a key injury.

Here’s what he said:

• Mullen said Feleipe Franks has done a good job of learning the offense. Now, he’s just working on executing it.

• “The fact that Feleipe’s played in big games and won a lot of big games, the guys are going to be comfortable with him.”

• On the offensive line: “There’s a lot of youth and inexperience in that group, so it’s going to take a little bit of time.”

• Mullen said he looked out there during a series last week and a redshirt freshman and essentially four high school kids were working with the second-team offensive line.

• There is still plenty of time after the spring to bring in and offensive line transfer, and Mullen said that player could come in and play immediately.

• On Amari Burney: “We love to be athletic on defense, and he brings a great deal of athleticism to the defense.”

• Lucas Krull fell during a play last week and hurt his right shoulder. Mullen is not a fan of the NCAA rule that limits use of pads. “It’s a rule that causes players to become injured.”

• Mullen said he told players he’s not addressing jersey numbers until after the spring, and if anyone comes to him about a change before then, they will be out of the discussion for changes. He’s had roughly 30 guys ask him to be No. 1, and it’s too much drama to give it to one player.

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Bailiegh Williams
Growing up the daughter of a baseball coach in a household that revolved around Gators sports, Bailiegh’s future working in sports was her destiny. She played four years of varsity softball at Suwannee High School and one year on softball scholarship at Gulf Coast State College. In her first year she discovered a love for journalism so she packed her bags and moved to Gainesville to finish her A.A. and begin interning for Gator Country. She is now on track to graduate from the University of Florida in 2019. In her free time, Bailiegh enjoys binge watching her favorite TV shows and spending time with her family and her two fur babies.