“2021 Florida and the art of the transfer portal roster makeover”

This Ian Boyd post on what Dan Mullen schemed last season and where Florida is likely headed on both sides of the ball for 2021 is worth your time to read.

The tl;dr version is this:  “Between a few roster developments planning ahead and then some transfer portal infusions, the Gators are completely making over their roster for the 2021 season to go from being a finesse, spread passing team who struggled to stop the run to having a massive, gritty interior on both sides of the ball.”

To that end, Florida has added two 315-pound defensive tackles.  The Gators will have three offensive linemen weighing 340+ pounds.

Those of you who think that Jones’ weakness in the passing game will be his undoing need to consider where Mullen may be going this season with his offensive scheme.

While Mullen will undoubtedly work hard to get his quarterbacks at a higher level in the passing game this offseason and work out some of his typical tricks for the Gators’ new generation of wideouts, this team is clearly going to be much more power-run oriented than in recent seasons. I expect these two quarterbacks to end up combining for somewhere between 150-200 carries while the running backs get a similar amount of work. It’ll be a completely different approach than in 2020 with Mullen scheming up leverage for the run game to march down the field.

Such an approach though will not lead to as many points or as efficient of possessions as we saw from Florida in 2020 though when Trask was zipping the ball around the field 40 times per game. In 2021, a power running Florida team will need to play some defense.

And therein, of course, lies the rub.  But the main point here is, don’t expect the same old, same old from Florida this season.


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31 responses to ““2021 Florida and the art of the transfer portal roster makeover”

  1. armydawg

    I can’t see FU making a living running the ball. It’s not their game. Their QB’s will get some short to medium yards from time to time but I don’t see them being explosive on the ground. Bring it on!

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  2. Ran A

    Mullen is pretty good at using the assets around him. Now… Trask fell out of the sky. People forget that until Franks was injured, this dude was sitting on the sidelines. Franks doesn’t get hurt, there is no guarantee he ever finds the field. Bottom-line; Trask saved his butt the last couple of years. Well he doesn’t have a Trask or a Pitts or a Grimes or a Toney. And he knows it.

    In other words, he’s got no choice. He has to develop a running game up the middle and then attack the edges with his QB with RPO’S and then work off play-action with the deep ball. That’s their game this year. They have the 5star RB that transferred from Clemson and he has a couple of more that have flashed.

    But at the end of the day, that is not a defense that will hold other teams down. It looks like he wants to eat clock, and try and keep the other the team off the field, while grinding the other team down. I thought that was so last decade? Pretty sure the coach up in Athens has been roasted for this philosophy… Anyway, we’ll find out in the fall what the Gators are up to.

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  3. akascuba

    FU going backwards on offense is something I can live with. If size alone made teams better the NFL would be full of 350-400# linemen.

    FU defense I think I have a clear understanding where its going. At least on 3rd and Grantham. Im very comforted knowing TG is still running their defense.

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  4. Do you get the feeling that the Handbags are going to be running into a lot of 7 and 8 man fronts this year?

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    • Down Island Way

      Not saying boom entertained this idea or that coaches do…the FU hc maybe still be pissy about no contract extension, running this team into the ground so he gets bought out, plus blaming all of FU’s failures on the FU dc will get him out of hogtown in a wheel barrel full of ca$h…


      • Not sure I agree, DIW. I think Dopey is playing to what he believes will be his team’s strengths – a running QB and a 5-star transfer running back. The fact that plays directly into our defense’s strength is a very good thing.

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    • I think that’s exactly why Emory Jones will be UF’s starting QB this season. He’s no Kyle Trask throwing the ball, but he’s no statue behind the line of scrimmage, either.


      • I just hope Jones doesn’t learn to throw the wheel route … still too soon.

        Running QBs haven’t been our kryptonite under Kirby. Sure, Burrow and the kid from Texas extended plays, but the teams that have handled us have generally had their QB in the pocket.


  5. gotthepicture

    Sounds similar to what he ran at Miss St. If so, that probably bodes well as Kirby shut that $h!t down.

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    • originaluglydawg

      Mullen wants to score on the first offensive play against Georgia sooner or later.
      Kirby’s up 2-0 on him in that category ( I think. Was the flea flicker against MSU the first play?)

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  6. Godawg

    “…Florida team will need to play some defense.” In Grantham we trust.

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  7. Skeptic Dawg

    Doesn’t Phil Steel say that it typically takes 3-4 years to successfully switch from pass/finesse oriented offense to power run and vice versa? Yes, the advent of the transfer portal greatly helps today’s teams make the transition easier, but this is still a tall task. The 2021 Gators will be interesting to watch for sure. I am hoping that Phil is right and the Gators look like Tech in 2019.


  8. biggusrickus

    He’ll go back to fielding the same kind of middling SEC offenses he fielded at MSU? More power to him.


  9. MGW

    I have no doubt they’ll be dangerous, they just won’t be great. He makes great use of the talent they have…. it’s just the “getting the talent” part where he has some serious shortcomings. They should get comfortable with that.

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  10. RangerRuss

    I read about what the gators are gonna have/do this season, listen to cousin Eddie’s sniveling, irritating voice, then remember the shit we’ve had to take through the years from those trashy punks. I get so pissed off I can’t develop a coherent or original thought. Fortunately Kirby, once again, is on it for me.
    Fuck those motherfuckers!

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    • Bulldawg Bill

      RR, now that was a beautifully conceived, artfully constructed, well thought out, succinctly delivered tirade. FTMF, indeed!

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  11. FTMF, may a giant sinkhole open up in Gainesville and swallow whole those jort wearing aholes. I hope defenses load the box and stuff UF’s ability to run, and when they run designed QB keepers, their qbs get their bells rung over and over again. They don’t have depth…and injuries pile up fast while playing manball…that’s when recruiting will bite Sideshow in the ass…lack of depth…come wearing a Halloween costume again after our boys whip the ever loving shit out of you this year…hate those sacks of shit and their dopey ass clown coach

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    • californiadawg

      Would cut this comment up and snort it if I could.

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    • RangerRuss

      Speaking of sinkholes and Gainesville, I visited Devils Millhopper about 30 years ago, right after college football began at FU. Steps take you well over 100 feet down into a lush, primordial mini-ecosystem with significantly cooler temps than up top in July. I found it to be the absolute nicest part of Hogtown.
      It’s entirely plausible that Gainesville could collapse into a giant sinkhole. But it wouldn’t be a place you’d enjoy visiting. It’d be a real shithole similar to its present state. Just deeper.


      • rigger92

        Man, I have been to gville dozens of times delivering and installing the X-ray and MRI stuff since 2005. Every one of their university shands med facilities including sports medicine and vet schools. The Steinbrenner vet school is impressive and the UF Shands facilities are total sink holes. But, we have made big money working there and I wear a red collared shirt with the G. They (someone) always give me shit but I tell them “takes a Georgia boy to bring this stuff in”. At the end of the day, their new shiny CT or MRI systems don’t make it without us. Just another way to have them by the balls, as I see it.

        Sucks that the Ale House moved over to the new Bass Pro Shops. Used to tie one on there by the Cabot Lodge (now the Doubletree) and the Ale House. Now there’s nothing but a tired old Target and a chain Doubletree which isnt the worst but not like it used to be.


  12. stoopnagle

    I was told that you have to score more points now because all the rules favor the Taliban.

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  13. practicaldawg

    Using a manball approach at Fla where the defense leaks points like a 50 year old roof is fine with me

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