October 12, 2010

Mullen heading back to the Swamp

Dan Mullen has coached in plenty of games at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium during his four years serving as Florida's offensive coordinator.

But the Mississippi State head coach has never entered 'the Swamp' following two consecutive losses because it has never happened. The Gators have dropped back-to-back games for only the second time during Urban Meyer's tenure there leaving Saturday's game perceived as walking into a proverbial hornet's nest.

During his weekly press conference, Mullen downplayed that aspect a little bit.

"I don't know that it's more of a hornet's nest than anytime you walk into the Swamp on a Saturday night to play a football game," Mullen said.

"Florida is a tough road environment to go to. They've got a great crowd and a great stadium. They are a very, very talented football team. We've got to get back adjusted to the speed against one if not the fastest team in the country. It's a team loaded with talent top to bottom. They've finished in the Top 5 recruiting nationally in each of the last five years. There is plenty of talent and depth on this team and we'll have our hands full dealing with that stuff."

Having coached and recruited many of the players on Florida's roster, Mullen understood what the Gators were trying to do when they met in Starkville a year ago.

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