Pease Isn't Afraid to Steal, Talks Offense

Florida offense coordinator Brent Pease will be the first to tell you—his offense comes from plenty of places. There have been multiple influences that have molded his offense. If he sees a play that he likes from an opponent on film or during a game, he isn't opposed to throwing it into his playbook. His flexibility is a big part of what has made him successful at other stops before Florida.

"We're thieves of good play," Brent Pease said after Wednesday's practice. "We understand within our scheme how it will all fit in. You've got to have the personnel."

The Florida offense struggled last season, but Pease was clear on Wednesday in saying that he believes he has the personnel to make his offense work.

To communicate that with the Florida players, Pease has shown plenty of tape from the offense he ran at Boise State during his time as offensive coordinator.

"They've seen the blue turf a lot," he said with a grin. "They're probably getting tired of it. I said, ‘make good plays and then we'll put ours on it.' We'll make our own tape."

The installation is going as planned on the practice field. Pease understands the need to be patient, especially during his first spring with the team. His offense is based off pre-snap shifts and motions that make it easy to disguise plays from the defense.

That comes with a lot of work on the practice field and in the film room.

His patience is an important part during a spring full of installation. He isn't the yeller and screamer on the practice field unless the mistake involves effort.

"I'd rather pull them aside," Pease said. "I'm not saying I can't be demonstrative. My intentions are never to belittle anybody. If you've got to give a kids attention because focus needs to be given, I'll grab someone's attention. I've been in their shoes. I know when everybody is screwing off. I was that way sometimes when I was that player.

"I learned a little bit from my dad when he was my choice and ran a tight ship. I'm into being the best teacher I can. Kids nowadays don't learn on just drawing it up. They learn on computers, graphics and sounds. Bring those in. We've got all that stuff, so we've got to use those tools to teach them."

The biggest question for Pease this spring will be at quarterback, the position is he coaching. After John Brantley graduated following last season, the three-headed battle of Jacoby Brissett, Jeff Driskel and Tyler Murphy has already started.

Pease has seen all three of them improve from his teaching.

"They're picked up a lot," Pease said. "We're starting to see a little of everything. You're seeing management skills, huddle control, and they're throwing the ball with better anticipation and authority. They're starting to get a grasp of everything. It's encouraging."

There's also a hole at running back with the departure of Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey. Mike Gillislee is expected to be the starter after waiting for three years, but Mack Brown has also made an early impression.

"He has been steady," Pease said. "He is a physical runner downhill with good pad level. To be a running back, you've got to know running the ball, protection and pass routes. Right now, he has been a pretty consistent runner. He's got a great attitude. He's awesome. I love being around him."

Omarius Hines has also taken reps in the backfield and shown natural ability. Pease said that probably comes from playing running back in high school or at a lower level, but Hines is showing the ability to handle the position.

"He's such a gifted athlete," Pease said. "He has that ability now. He's a natural. He's still got to learn some things with it, but he gives us good depth. He's got a lot of ability.

"With him and some other kids, you've seen their confidence grow every day."

True to form of stealing things from other offenses, Pease said he likes the elements that the wildcat offense brings. He mentioned Trey Burton as taking reps in the formation, as well as developing depth with other players.

He also mentioned the possibility of fullback Hunter Joyer getting involved with carries or even receptions out of the backfield.

Pease has also spent time working with the wide receivers. He noted that it was "more work" than he expected with their fundamentals, but he admits to being very concerned with timing between quarterback and wide receiver.

"I'm probably a little picky or detailed with those guys making the quarterback's view right with the timing and rhythm," he said. "That's important to me. As a receivers coach, I coached it that way so it's as easy for (the quarterback) as it can be.

"You can become robots at that position, but you don't want robots. You want guys that can handle things and beat coverages. You're not always running routes—you're beating coverages."

Pease said he has been impressed with Andre Debose, Frankie Hammond and Latroy Pittman early in spring, but he was excited about the consistent improvement that Quinton Dunbar has shown.

"Quinton has really done well in four days—drastic improvements every day. I've seen him catch the ball better and make some big plays. Practice is built to go fast and be challenging so that the games are easier. If he can react to what he has been doing and play the game at this speed—he's not thinking as much. When kids are thinking, they play slow. They don't know everything, trust and have confidence."

After the offensive linemen struggled through last season, Pease is optimistic about their early performance in spring practice.

"We can be pretty good," Pease said. "One of the things I'm seeing is their bodies are changing. They've done some great things in the weight room with what Coach Dillman has done with these guys."


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