Florida Gators offensive coordinator Brent Pease had plenty to say after the first few days of fall practice and did exactly that on Wednesday afternoon. Pease discussed the quarterback situation, specific players and some of his general philosophies.
TWO MEN ENTER, NO ONE LEAVES?
Asked how difficult it would be to tell either of his sophomore quarterbacks that they will not be starting for the Gators, Pease admitted that it would not be an easy thing to do but noted that he has plenty of experience and perspective handling such situations.
“It’s hard because kids take things so negatively that it’s like you’re saying they’re not good enough. That’s not the case. I really believe we got two or three kids here that we can win football games with,” he said. “You hopefully develop more depth and you can believe in all your quarterbacks. Some of it is experience with a freshman kid coming in.
“It’s hard. I’ve been in that role. I’ve been told that situation and that’s probably how I took it not understanding that my day will come. For whatever reason, whoever it is, the other guy has got to always be ready. He’s going to be the most popular guy in town anyway. You never know when your opportunity is.”
One thing Pease is not worried about is whether Jacoby Brissett or Jeff Driskel would transfer out of Florida if they do not win the job on day one.
“I don’t handle that,” he said. “If that’s what they want to do, they do it. I’ll tell you this: These kids are competitive. They’ve worked hard. They want to go out and play. They’re about this team; they’re about this university. I sense none of that.
“If they find out that’s the situation that doesn’t work for them, then I’m for them because they’re good kids and I’ll do anything to help them as well as Coach [Will] Muschamp would.”
That is assuming, of course, that one of them does win the job and the Gators do not use two quarterbacks in 2012, something that Pease did not discount whatsoever.
“If their role is good enough to fit into what we can do and [we can] use them in multiple situations [then we will],” he said. “Whatever they can do to help the team and make more weapons on the field or make more situations that defenses have to defend.”
Read the rest of what Pease had to say about the offense on Wednesday…
QUARTERBACKS STILL ADJUSTING TO THE SYSTEM
Though the Gators played in a pro-style offense in 2011, the team is still adjusting from six years of spread offense under the previous regime. Pease said that he is extremely confident in his system’s ability to develop signal callers for the pros.
“This is still a pro-style quarterback [system]. I think quarterbacks in this system can be developed for the next level provided they’ve got the skills and abilities and what the NFL people are looking for,” he said.
And while Brissett and Driskel are showing plenty of progress already, Pease cautioned that he does not expect either to be experts in his system right away, noting that it even took Boise State’s Kellen More a few years to get things down pat.
“I know the growing pains with it of learning kind of all the gymnastics that are going on around you before actually the play’s being run,” he said. “I know what the kids here now are dealing with, too, and there’s definitely a learning curve.
“I think they probably get tired of me showing Kellen Moore clips, talking about Kellen Moore…but they can grow from it, learn from it. And I got to be patient with the fact that Kellen, he made mistakes early, too. We all remember Kellen what he was from his senior and junior year, but as a freshman and sophomore we limited him to what he was successful with.
“As a football coach, whatever position it is, you’re not throwing kids out there to be unsuccessful. You got to know what they can do and use their strengths.”
NOTES AND QUOTES
» On the resignation of wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill: “Aubrey had some personal issues. Aubrey’s a good friend of mine. Aubrey’s a good coach that I worked with. I would thoroughly enjoy it if he was out there with me right now.”
» On how the team is doing getting out of the huddle and up to the line of scrimmage: “We got to be good with getting in and out of the huddle and some of that is on me to get the plays in early. And the guys have to be dialed in to who we’re substituting and who we’re getting on the field because there is some changing of players at that time.”
» Pease said he was very pleased with the summer his players had from a retention and personal practice standpoint. He also credited the strength and conditioning staff for all of their hard work. “I’m just ecstatic with where they are at with that,” he said. “And then what they did on their own with the recognition of how much they’ve carried over from spring and the things they’ve practiced, you can just see a big difference in them, their confidence and how fast they’re really playing the game right now.”
» On senior running back Mike Gillislee: “He’s a good running back. He’s got good hands. He’s smart. He understands recognition and protection factors, which makes him a well-rounded player that way. He runs physical but yet he’s got great vision and balance for more zone schemes.”
» On redshirt junior guard Jon Halapio and his leadership: “Jon’s a great leader for us. He works hard every day. He grinds. He never complains. He’s consistent in his play; he’s consistent in his effort. He’s tough. I’ve got a lot of respect for him.”
» On if Driskel was hurt in practice recently: “He’s fine. They all get dinged up. Quarterbacks got red jerseys on and they don’t get tackled or bumped. If they get bumped up by somebody, it’s like a shocker. They’re just not used to that because we protect them a little bit right now.”
» On the depth chart: “The depth chart is constantly changing on a play-to-play basis.”
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