Gator players more comfortable in second year under Brent Pease
Although it's early in fall camp, one thing is clearly evident to Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease.
Having gone through one season under his offense, the Gator players are much more comfortable in fall practice now that they are in the second year under Pease.
“Most definitely, the kids understand the calls, but they understand the calls for a reason; how we’re trying to attack the defense," Pease said. "Understanding where we’re vulnerable at times and what they have to do to make it work or getting ourselves into the correct play; the quarterback and why we would check that. Kids understand leverage better. . . . You see a lot of that. The kids are playing confident. There’s more instinct with what they’re doing. They understand the calls. They’re not thinking. It’s more reactionary now.”
For QB Jeff Driskel, who has yet to participate in fall drills still recovering from an appendectomy, familiarity of the system is what is key, he said.
"That’s huge," Driskel said. "Going into the last camp, it was more teaching rather than refining stuff. This year most of us know what we’re doing, except the freshmen, obviously they have a big learning curve. But going in this year it’s more refining stuff rather than teaching the whole scheme. So that’s really the biggest thing – working on our game rather than knowing the plays."
Florida finished 11-2 in Pease's first season last year, but the Gators were No. 103 nationally in total offense.
Senior WR/RB Trey Burton said with the greater comfort level in the offense, fans should expect better.
"They should expect touchdowns, big plays," Burton said. "And just better in fundamentals, technique, all that stuff better than last year."