Okay, this proves Dan Mullen really is the SEC quarterback whisperer

Kyle Trask, Dan Mullen, Florida Gators. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
Kyle Trask, Dan Mullen, Florida Gators. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) /

Dan Mullen is the quarterback whisperer of SEC football these days.

Dan Mullen has Florida football on the precipice of contending for championships.

The former Florida Gators offensive coordinator under Urban Meyer returned to Gainesville in 2018 after an incredible stint leading the Mississippi State Bulldogs over in the SEC West. Mullen is arguably the greatest coach in Mississippi State football history. He would have achieved Bill Snyder GOAT status had he stayed in Starkville forever, but that Florida job was too enticing.

Mullen is known for his ability to elevate three-star talent and turn it into first-round draft picks. He is also adept at getting the most out of his dual-threat playmaking quarterbacking talents. So it comes as no surprise he’s seen as the quarterback whisperer of the SEC. For those who doubt this statement, take a look at what Conor O’Gara of Saturday Down South tweeted out.

Of the eight former SEC quarterbacks to have finished their college careers with at least 100 touchdowns, four of them have played for Mullen. Those players would be Chris Leak and Tim Tebow when he was Meyer’s offensive coordinator at Florida and a pair of his own Mississippi State quarterbacks in Dak Prescott and Nick Fitzgerald.

Dan Mullen knows what it takes to get great quarterback play in the SEC.

Mullen had been on Meyer’s staffs both with the Utah Utes and the Bowling Green Falcons before arriving in Florida. Alex Smith and Josh Harris were phenomenal players in this offensive system under Meyer and Mullen at Utah and Bowling Green, respectively. We should expect a handful of college football quarterbacks to become great players under Mullen’s watch going forward.

Though he won’t achieve the 100-touchdown threshold, Mullen has a Heisman Trophy contender at quarterback this year at Florida in Kyle Trask. Along with Kellen Mond of the Texas A&M Aggies and former Wake Forest Demon Deacons quarterback Jamie Newman, who is now with the Georgia Bulldogs, this trio is viewed as the three best quarterbacks entering the 2020 SEC season.

Should Mullen continue to win around 10 games annually at Florida and occasionally beat arch rival Georgia down in Jacksonville, he’ll have ample opportunities to add more names to his impressive college quarterbacking list. However, beating Georgia, the LSU Tigers and the Tennessee Volunteers are musts for Mullen going forward at Florida.

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See, achieving bowl eligibility annually at a place with low expectations like Mississippi State is one thing, but it’s New Year’s Six or bust for a blue-blood program like Florida. While there is no doubt about if Mullen can coach or not because he most definitely can, he’s not the greatest recruiter in the world and he has yet to win an SEC division title in 11 years. That has to change.

Having a quarterbacking advantage will be key in Florida regularly beating its three biggest rivals. Some years, the Dawgs, Vols or Tigers will have a better signal-caller than the Gators. That’s what happens when you’re also a blue-blood program. Great high school players want to come play for you at your school. Mullen isn’t perfect, but he knows how to coach up his starting quarterbacks.

While Mullen is the SEC quarterback whisperer, will that ever result in a national title of his own?

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