Florida Gators offensive coordinator Brent Pease met with the media after the team’s first full week of fall practice ahead of the 2013 season.
A RESURGENCE HAMPERED BY INJURY?
Universally praised by his coaches and teammates this offseason for being more focused and dedicated, redshirt senior wide receiver Andre Debose may have his sudden resurgence hampered after going down with a knee injury during practice on Tuesday. Though Pease would not go into details about Debose’s injury – head coach Will Muschamp does not allow his assistants to discuss team ailments – he did say that the knee will be evaluated by doctors on Wednesday.
“Yeah, he tweaked his knee a little bit, so they’re evaluating it at this time and we’ll go from there,” he said. He later added: “I saw him walk off [the field], but I don’t know the severity of it right now.”
Pease also said that Debose has “done a great job” in practice up to this point.
MORE DYNAMIC PASSING GAME IN YEAR TWO?
Muschamp, Pease and junior quarterback Jeff Driskel have all mentioned this offseason that Florida must become more explosive in the passing game, and Pease stood by that statement on Wednesday.
He noted that while the Gators did get big chunks of yardage at times in 2012, the vertical passing game was not sufficient for what he wants to do at Florida and he must call the corresponding plays to allow that goal to come to fruition.
“The thing that I saw that we didn’t have was throwing the ball vertically over the top. We had explosive plays, probably a lot more in the run game or catching short passes and making plays out of them. We determine explosive plays as 16 yards or more,” Pease explained.
“It’s more probably throwing the ball over the top, just stretching the field vertically, which we need to do. That’s route running, accuracy with the ball, protection at times. There’s a lot involved with it. That’s where hopefully, with the respect our running game has gained and the kids we have back there, when people start to pack the box we got to be able to do that.”
He continued: “Some of it is on me. I got to be willing to pull the trigger and let them perform. But I’m confident [that they will],” he said.