Many offensive coordinators would be content with a 24 point output in the first game of the season. However, in the case of Florida football’s offensive coordinator Brent Pease, he saw some quick fixes that could be made from Florida’s performance in the win over Toledo at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday.
Pease said a focal point that’s carrying over into this year is third down conversions. The Gators only converted on half of their third downs against a young, raw Toledo defense, and Pease suggested that he expects immediate improvement if the offense is expected to be successful during Saturday’s road game against the five time national champion Miami Hurricanes. Pease also expects a better performance from the offensive line, although it only conceded two sacks.
Pease also addressed what he believed were detractors calling his plays “vanilla” and said that his playcalling was not bland. In fact, Pease said that he was withholding some plays in order to keep defenses guessing.
Pease also made it a point of emphasis to discuss the versatile Valdez Showers. Showers lined up at running back and garnered 31 yards rushing as well as four catches coming out of the backfield in Saturday’s opener. Pease says he’ll use the human swiss army knife Showers at other positions as well, saying even though Showers was recruited as a defensive player, he has a few designed plays specifically for him on offense.
The in-state rival Hurricanes were also a hot topic with Pease, and he indicated that while the Miami offense is good that its defense is pretty good too. Pease is wary of the wealth of returning starters for the Hurricanes.
Florida kicks off against the school they call “The U” at 12pm Saturday at Sun Life Stadium. Out of 54 meetings, the Canes lead the all time series, 28-26. You can catch live coverage of the game starting at 8AM Saturday on ESPN 850 WRUF.