Up-tempo offense provides different look

The Gators came out with a different look on offense against Missouri. They showed their up tempo offense at other times in the season, but it was the focus of the first quarter on Saturday. However, it didn't produce points. It was still a chance for the offense to get some game reps in the hurry up and see if it's worth using in the future. Offensive coordinator Brent Pease liked what he saw.

"I liked it," Brent Pease said. "We've always worked on it and we've always had it. I think it?loosened them up and got some energy in our kids. It helped us for what we?tried to get out of it.

"I wish we would have been a little more?consistent with it. I wish we would have had a couple of more completions. It was effective for what we wanted."

The Florida offense will continue to work on it during practice to increase the comfort level of the coaches and the players. The responsibility to run it comes through quarterback Jeff Driskel. He has to know the calls to get the team lined up in the correct formation without making mistakes or burning timeouts.

He handled the up tempo offense well against Missouri. Pease is confident that will continue as it becomes a bigger part of the offense.

"I think for the most part if you've worked on it enough it should be?pretty simple mechanics for them," he said.

The Gators ran the up tempo offense for just two series on Saturday. After a sluggish offensive game against Georgia, the goal was to rejuvenate the Florida offense with some energy to start the game. That didn't happen on the scoreboard.

Pease did like the improved energy from the team when they were in offense.

"I would expect that we would use it," he said. "We've?used it before this is some situations. The thing about it is you've got?to be consistent with it. Things can change?when you're not out on the field for very long, and you put your defense in?a tough situation, especially if they were in a long drive prior to that."

RECEIVER SCREENS STRUGGLING: The screens to running back Mike Gillislee have produced gains of over 30 yards during the last two games against Georgia and Missouri. They're delivering the perfect counteract to defense's blitzes.

The goal now becomes improving the wide receiver screens. Pease wants them to be a part of the offense, but the timing isn't good enough for them to be effective. He's happy with the way the blocking looks after the catch to spring the receivers, but the timing has kept them from catching the ball with an opportunity to make a play.

"There's more potential for it to be a bigger play," Pease said. "It comes down to making blocks, running it consistently and getting into the window where you catch it and go break a tackle and your clear into the secondary in open space. You've got to be consistent with the details of running it."

BRISSETT HANDLING SITUATION: When the Florida coaches meet at halftime to assess their success with the ball, there's often a surprising face involved in the conversation. Backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett is vocal in the locker room as the team talks about their attack for the second half.

Despite losing the battle for the starting quarterback job, Brissett has remained involved in his team's offense this year.

"I'm telling you, that kid has been a pure professional about it," Pease said. "He's had a good attitude. Even at halftimes, he has suggestions. He's into the game. At practice, he's into practice. When he takes reps, he has done a good job. I appreciate his support, and I support him and have confidence in him."

His future is still up in the air. Pease and head coach Will Muschamp are both uncertain about what Brissett will elect to do in the future. He has played this season and can't take a redshirt. He could elect to transfer and take the starting job at another school.

"I don't know," Pease said. "It depends, I guess, on his commitment to Florida. Whatever he decides to do, I support the kid."

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