Dunbar emerging at receiver this spring

Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease has seen a pattern at wide receiver during the first week of spring practice. Junior receiver Quinton Dunbar was starting to take the next step. Pease pulled out his phone and sent a text message to Dunbar on Wednesday night to point out that the coaching staff noticed his improvement. The next step is taking it to the field consistently.

Brent Pease wanted to let Dunbar know that he was proud of his effort. The coaches enjoy being around the receiver with his improved work ethic, but the coaches wanted him to know that's why he has been successful this spring.

"I am really proud of that kid," Brent Pease said on Thursday. "He has come along so far attitude-wise, accountability, and his work ethic on the field. It's really starting to show up. He made a big play yesterday. He just does things right. He can play a bunch of positions now. I'm so proud of him and I think it's going to carry over to reach the goals that he's setting for himself."

Dunbar was clear that he doesn't have any specific goals set, but the one most of the Florida offense is clinging to is an improvement in the passing game. It was the first thing Pease talked about during his opening press conference before spring practice, and head coach Will Muschamp echoed those thoughts.

If the passing game can take the next step in 2013, Dunbar will have to be a big part of it after Jordan Reed and Frankie Hammond left the team following last season.

Dunbar has noticed the improvement in his own game. The expectations were high as he started his redshirt freshman season in 2011 in the first year of the offense under Charlie Weis. He was expected to experience a breakout season, but it didn't happen. His 2012 season was better, ranking second on the team with 36 catches for 383 yards and a team-high four touchdowns, but there's still more ability for him to show.

"I feel like I'm doing okay, and I can do better," Quinton Dunbar said. "I'm willing to compete with anybody and when the opportunity presents itself I can make that play."

Dunbar and Andre Debose are the two most experienced receivers, but both are in the middle of careers where more is expected out of them. For Debose, the issue is consistency -- and that has been the issue since he enrolled at Florida. Even with the expectations that he would grow out of it during his career, this is now the second coaching staff that wants to see more out of him.

"I've seen him up and down again," Pease said of Debose's spring. "But he has been working hard. His attitude is right. He's catching the ball better. He's got to continue to be very reactionary and understand that you adjust to what you see.

"You can't be a robot out there. It's not always going to be a perfect world what you want, when you draw it up on a board with an ink pen when people aren't moving. When people start moving, confusion cannot occur."

MOORE GETTING COMFORTABLE: Tyler Moore didn't play football during the fall after deciding to transfer from Nebraska. He enrolled at St. Petersburg College to take classes last fall but wasn't participating in practices or blocking defensive line.

The first few days of spring practice was an adjustment back to the routine, and he continued to get more comfortable through the following practices.

"Looking at where he's at in his development, he has done a great job," Pease said. "He really has. He's been one of our most consistent guys up front. I've noticed him and I'm not always focused on them every play, but I've noticed him quite a bit. He's done a really, really good job."


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