With the team preparing for its 10th game of the season, a 12:21 p.m. game at home in Gainesville, FL against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns, No. 6 Florida Gators offensive coordinator Brent Pease met with the media Tuesday to discuss his the team’s latest victory and how his unit can improve on the field.
AN OPTION TO LEAD KENTUCKY?
Pease, also a former offensive coordinator with the Kentucky Wildcats, is one of a number of coaches who has been named as a possibility for the team’s vacant head coaching job. Asked about that opportunity on Tuesday, Pease said he “can’t comment to a ghost story right now” but did discuss how he would handle an interview request.
“I’m not going to approach it in-season at all,” he said. “If the opportunity comes up afterwards, I’ll do whatever is appropriate at that time. I think you always visit with people. That’s what we’re in the profession for, yeah.”
He continued, “That situation is out of the question right now because I haven’t heard anything. I wouldn’t do that; I’m focused on here. I’ve only been here one year, and I’ve made a commitment to be here, especially with my family. I’ll move on if that situation arises.”
Pease did, however, discuss the Wildcats program in general. “I think it’s a good program. I’ve been there. They got great people. They got a great program and the faculties are good,” he said. “I think they’re committed to winning and they have won. They won when we were there, when I was there on staff; they won when Rich Brooks was there. And you can get good kids there.”
WILL THE OTHER QUARTERBACK STAY?
Once it became obvious that sophomore quarterback Jacoby Brissett would be the second-stringer for the Gators, the question of what he would decide to do career-wise became of paramount importance to fans. Now nine games into the 2012 season, Brisset has barely played and likely lost an opportunity to redshirt when head coach Will Muschamp inserted him in the South Carolina game to hand the ball off.
Though Muschamp said Monday that he expects Brissett to remain with Florida after the season and continue his career in Gainesville, FL, Pease was not so sure. “I don’t know. It depends, I guess, on his commitment to Florida,” he said. “Whatever he decides to do, I support the kid.”
“I’m telling you, the kid has been a pure professional about it. He’s had a good attitude. Even at halftimes, he has suggestions. He’s into the game. At practice, he’s into practice. When he takes reps, he does a good job. I appreciate his support, and I support him and have confidence in him,” he said.
NOTES AND QUOTES
» On the development of sophomore QB Jeff Driskel: “I think in some areas its gone quicker. In some it’s probably about on pace. Every game is a growing process no matter if it’s a quarterback or o-lineman. If you really think about the situations that he’s probably grown up with, his experience prior to this season was really in high school. He was a great athlete, and I think they beat people pretty bad.”
» On going up-tempo to start the Missouri game: “I liked it. We’ve always worked on it. We’ve always had it. I think it loosened them up, got some energy in our kids. It helped us for what we tried to get out of it. I wish we would have been a little bit more consistent with it so we could have had a couple more completions. It was effective for what we wanted.”
» On senior running back Mike Gillislee playing at the next level: “He’s got good hands. He’s willing to block. He has all the phases that he can do at the next level – catching, running, blocking. I think those are what they’re looking for first. They all want to know if you’re coachable and how smart [you are, if] you can pick up. Even in the NFL, they have way more protections than we have because they’re constantly changing. And then physically if you match up against the linebackers you’re going to have to block at that level with their strength and speed.”
» On what went wrong on Saturday: “Catch the ball. We had some drops that we shouldn’t have. … The one thing that’s glaring that could have kept us on the field a lot longer was our third-down opportunities, and we were in pretty manageable situations.”
» On not being aggressive sometimes during games: “It’s just a matter of putting it all together, which I’m not saying that’s going to happen either. Being in my position, you kind of get to a point where not everything is going to be perfect through the whole scheme of the game. You kind of play based off of field position, the timing of the game, the flow of how it’s going. You’re always trying to put the kids in a good position.”