Dunbar Finds Comfort with Weis at Helm

Quinton Dunbar didn't need to be sold on offensive coordinator Charlie Weis. From the moment he was announced as the hire, Dunbar started thinking about how Weis could help him get better. He brought instant credibility to a Florida offense that sputtered through the 2010 season. Days away from debuting the new offense, Dunbar is thankful for the impact Weis has made on him.

"It's the things he has accomplished in life, like the championships in New England," Quinton Dunbar said. "He's accomplished a lot in life like being a good offensive coordinator and giving us an opportunity to win."

The aura of Weis on the practice field had to go away a few days into the spring. With such a respected reputation for being an offensive mind, it was tough for the players not to become awestruck as Weis spoke to them about the offense they are going to run.

Now that the players have developed a closer relationship with Weis, they seem him more as their coach than an idol. That hasn't changed how much they respect him.

"Charlie is different, so he'll always be noticed how he coaches," Dunbar said. "He's an aggressive coach who always is teaching you. He coaches you every day the same."

Will Muschamp announced on Monday that Weis would be on the sideline with the team during games, instead of calling players from the press box as he did last year with the Kansas City Chiefs. The idea is to give comfort to the offensive players that are in the first year of learning his offense.

They won't be left on the sideline with unanswered questions if they get confused about something that happened on a previous play.

"He's closer to the field to see some things out there that he can't see from the box," Dunbar said. "That'll be a big advantage. He'll continue to help us because it's still a new offense. He'll talk to us during the game instead of being in the press box.

"If I see something I don't understand, I've got the offensive coordinator right there to ask him."

The offense was tough to pick up immediately in the spring, but the players have taken steps this fall and now feel comfortable with it. Dunbar made a huge leap in the spring to become a starting wide receiver, partly because of his understanding of the offense. "The passing scheme is simple once you get it down," Dunbar said. "Once you get the concepts down, you're alright."

With practices closed during the spring and fall, Saturday will be the country's second look at the Gators since the end of the Outback Bowl on January 1. There are plenty of unanswered questions from those outside the program.

The players are excited to debut the new offense. Seeing the looks of it in practice has them ready to display how much they've learned since the new staff was brought in.

"I think it'll look totally different from the spread offense," Dunbar said. "We're in the I-formation now, so it'll look a lot different."

When the game does start Saturday night, Dunbar just wants to see his team play a clean game. He saw the impact a slow start to the first game had on Florida last season, and the offense wants to get off to a quick start to avoid that this season.

"Just come out clicking with great timing," Dunbar said of his expectations for Saturday. "I want to do go and have us ready to play for the season. For myself, I just want to get one game under my belt to get game action and get used to game speed."

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