The Gator football team is preparing for its season opener Saturday against Toledo and Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease met with the media today and touched on a variety of topics, among them the stability of the UF offense.
One player he is particularly happy with is wide receiver Quinton Dunbar. Pease said Dunbar has accommodated nicely in his switch from Z receiver to X receiver.
The Gator pass offense ranked second worst in the SEC last season, but boasted a solid running attack anchored by running back Mike Gillislee, now a member of the Miami Dolphins. Despite the departure of Gillislee, there is hope the running game will remain solid and Pease made the point that despite the running game hopefully remaining a strength, the offensive look will be different in 2013.
Part of the running game last year was the relatively fleet of foot quarterback Jeff Driskel. Now in his second year at the helm, Driskel will look to improve with his arm as well as his legs. But with Driskel being a quarterback, Pease wants Driskel to be more wary of protecting himself; he said he’s talked with Driskel one-on-one about self-preservation during play.
With opening day for the Gators this Saturday, Pease concluded by talking about the young Toledo defense. Pease got a taste of what Toledo can do two years ago, back when he was still a member of Boise State’s coaching staff. Pease did a little advance scouting of his own, saying he knows that even though the defense is relatively inexperienced, he fully expects them to throw different defensive looks at Florida to keep his offense off kilter.
No matter how it goes down this Saturday at the Swamp, you can catch all the action on ESPN 850 WRUF with live coverage starting at 8am.