Brown could provide boost for line

The bye week was spent trying to find the best five offensive linemen. According to offensive coordinator Brent Pease on Tuesday afternoon, junior college transfer Trenton Brown could be working his way into that group. The 6-8, 361-pounder has taken reps at right tackle with the first team over the last two weeks and could earn the start against Georgia on Saturday.

The right tackle battle was opened up during the bye week. Tyler Moore struggled in recent games, pushing Trenton Brown into the mix this week. Both have taken first team reps, but Brent Pease hinted on Tuesday that Brown could get the start at right tackle.

""Yeah, he's in line to play quite a bit," Pease said when asked if he would start. "He still has to accountable to his performance in practice. He was taking first-team reps last week, he's taking first-team reps this week. He's gotten better, he deserves an opportunity -- he's going to get that."

Brown was a four-star recruit out of Georgia Military College last season and originally committed to the Bulldogs last season. He later backed out of that commitment and ended up signing with Florida to end his recruiting process. He didn't make it to spring but enrolled in the summer.

It took time for Brown to get comfortable. He showed his potential in the open practices, and teammates saw him improve as the fall went on. Brown's size forced him to get used to facing quicker pass rushers off the edge.

"I think he's gotten better," Pease said. "Sometimes when you're new and you play to this level, what I've found out is every day you're going against great guys in what we have in Dante and Bullard and the guys we see on the edge. You get good practice reps, and you've got to be consistent and have intensity.

"You're going to see a little bit more Trenton Brown playing in there."

Pease believes the offensive line will still count on eight or nine linemen. Three players seem certain to be on the field to start Saturday's game in Max Garcia, Jon Halapio and Jonotthan Harrison. Halapio is locked in at right guard with Harrison at center, and Garcia could play at either left tackle or left guard.

The talk from the coaches this week is that the Gators will simplify the offense, especially on the line. They don't want to overwhelm the linemen and put too much on their plate, forcing them to play slow.

"The thing we tried to go back and focus on simplifying is how much can we take off of what they really have to think and adjust," Pease said. "There's still some that you've got to be able to do because defenses have changed their schemes and looks, their fronts -- you've got to make sure you have answers to them. as much as we can take off of communication line to execute more on the run and just play, that's what we've got to do. Now, can we totally take all that out? No, but we've got to try to eliminate some of it."

It's not always easy to simplify things for the line because of the multiple fronts and confusion the opposing defense can try to use. Pease said he didn't want to give away the game plan heading into this weekend, but they could switch the offensive line into gap protection instead of assigning specific defenders to each offensive lineman.


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