9/18: Pease gives props to players, talks offense

With the team preparing for its fourth game of the season, a 12:21 p.m. home contest on Saturday against the Kentucky Wildcats, Florida Gators offensive coordinator Brent Pease met with the media Tuesday to discuss improvements being made by his side of the ball and some of the standout players on offense.

PLAYER THOUGHTS

» On the game slowing down for sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel: “He’s just starting to see the whole picture. He’s understanding what defenses are doing to him, how the moving parts are going to take place at the snap of the ball. Your anticipation is much better where before he might have been waiting for things to happen, hoping for receivers to get there. Now he’s seeing them get open, knowing the zones they are going to get into or the man match-ups before they actually happen.”

» On junior wide receiver Solomon Patton: “Solo, he’s such a threat on the edge. The kid’s fast. He gets good, productive yards. He’s very smart as a football player, and his role is growing. You saw him do a great job on Jeff’s scramble, make a catch and get his toes down on the sideline. He’s worked at it, and you give him a lot of credit. He’s practiced hard, and he’s getting better.”

» On sophomore fullback Hunter Joyer: “He’s really improved on his blocking. He’s developed a form of physicality that we need. It is a thankless job sometimes. He brings a threat that – he can catch some passes for us. Occasionally he’s going to have the ball in his hands. And he never complains about what the situation is. He’s smart; he understands all the movement of everything. He just brings that hard work ethic. I guess I kind of relate it to like a Mike Alstott when he was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That type of guy that just works like that and never complains, goes out and he doesn’t get a lot of credit all the time because he doesn’t have rushing yards and touchdowns and all that. If it wasn’t for him, our plays wouldn’t break the way they do.”

» On junior running back Trey Burton’s six touchdown game against Kentucky in 2010: “I’ve heard about it. He informs me every day.”

NOTES AND QUOTES

» On running the Wildcat and how it benefits the offense: “Wherever we’ve been we’ve always had that little package. Having Trey, especially when you hit an 80-yarder like that, it forces the defense to play a different hand, make different calls. There’s ways of defending it, but you got to have some answers to it and somewhere along the line they’ll probably have some things we’re not prepared for that they can defend it with.”

» On if he makes a lot of adjustments for the offense at halftime: “There’s not a lot of adjustments. There’s some minor things. You kind of eliminate some things that haven’t worked. [...] We got to make our adjustments to how we’re going to attack them. I told the kids at the half that we have to turn this into a little bit of a throwing game because they were hitting us pretty well on our inside run stuff.”

» On Florida’s notorious short-yardage issues through three games: “Penetration. We just got to get in and block our gaps better, especially on the goal line. I probably did a bad job on the second call down there. Mike hit it down to the one. I thought we could get it in from the one. The next call I probably should have done something different than putting the kids in the situation I did. I can help them out. I can go back and look at the calls. But we still got to, up front, cover people up, get our cleats in the ground and move people. We should be able to move people in that situation with the kids that we have.”

» On redshirt senior WR Frankie Hammond, Jr. going for big yards-after-catch twice already this year: “Once you kind of develop that motor habit then you get good at it. I think the kids, all of them, have done a good job of that at practice. Frankie’s is noticeable because he went 75 yards. And he had to make kind of a touch catch because his route was going back out and Jeff threw it inside a little bit because of the urgency of the pressure and that’s where it had to be. All the guys – you don’t notice the kid that’s catching the five-yard route and just knifing through to get to eight yards. That’s big in the coaching aspect of things, too. You guys don’t see that as much because he’s not taking it that far. But he’s putting us in a 2nd-and-2 situation, whoever that is. And all the kids work to get that. They understand what vertical cutting is all about.”

» On the other side’s perspective when on a long losing streak against a particular team: “We [at Kentucky] knew at that time we had to be on our game. We couldn’t have a lot of mistakes. We had to keep the game close.”

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One Response to “9/18: Pease gives props to players, talks offense”

  1. gatorhippy says:

    I like that Pease refers to the players as “kids”…indicates an understanding of what you’re dealing with coaching college ball…his statement about putting the “kids” in a bad position on the goalline indicates his understanding of the learning process and the responsibility he has as a coach to put them in a position to be successful with his playcalling…

    Liking him more every week…

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