On Tuesday, Dan Mullen secured his fifth quarterback commitment since taking over as head coach for the Florida Gators in late 2017.
2021 Burleson quarterback Jalen Kitna made it known on Twitter that he was a Gator, making him the second signal-caller commit in the 2021 haul. He joins Carlos Del Rio of Grayson, who is excited to have some competition in the class.
As Kitna’s commitment is yet another move made by Mullen regarding the quarterback room, let’s take a look at Mullen’s QB recruiting and development since taking the Florida gig. His track record at the position had fans excited when he signed on, and in two years he’s already lived up to his end of the bargain.
We’ll only be looking over Mullen’s quarterback development and recruitment during his time as Florida’s head coach and what it means for the future of the team, and not Mullen’s previous success at the position during his tenure as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator from 2005-08.
The 6-6, 238 lb. former four-star had 11 games of experience under his belt when Mullen first arrived and already looked like a lost cause, completing just 54.6% of his 125 passes in 2017. However, Franks fit the mold of what Mullen tends to look for at quarterback with great arm strength and mobility, and the staff got to work on grooming up his game.
It wasn’t perfect, and at one point during the 2018 season, Franks was benched in favor of Kyle Trask. However, when Trask suffered a season-ending injury the next week in practice, Franks held onto the starting role and saw an upward trend in his performance.