Pease ponders job security

As the Florida offense heads into the final three games of the regular season ranked No. 111 in the country, the heat continues to build on the coaching staff in Gainesville. Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease admitted on Tuesday that its only human nature to think about job security at this point of the season.

"It's human nature to probably think about that, but I've still got an obligation to this team, and the head coach, and the players I coach and the administration that I work for," Brent Pease said.

For the third year in a row and the second under Pease, the statistics aren't pretty. While ranked 111th in the country in total offense, the Gators are 87th in rush offense and 99th in pass offense.

In the Southeastern Conference, the Gators are 13th in total offense, 13th in rush offense and 11th in pass offense. Florida's 3.5 yards per carry is the lowest in the SEC, but its 380 rushing attempts are fifth in the conference. The four teams with more rushing attempts have all played 10 games compared to Florida's nine.

As the numbers continue to disappoint the Florida fan base, Pease said it's best to block out the external expectations.

"It's the same thing we tell the kids -- you've got to be mentally tough," Pease said. "You've got to shut it out sometimes. I understand what people are saying and frustrated with. Do they understand all of the circumstances? Not all of the time. In my situation, I don't think you can lose confidence in who you are and what you believe in and how you got to doing your job.

"Last year, it was a situation where we knew how to manufacture and get wins. I wouldn't say highly explosive, what you want to be, but it was productive. We were a lot healthier in spots, too. It's tough but you've got to work through it."

MURPHY STATUS: Quarterback Tyler Murphy didn't practice on Monday, resting his shoulder. His status for Tuesday's practice is in doubt, but head coach Will Muschamp said on Tuesday that he didn't think Murphy would be on the field.

Pease said Murphy is sore and continues to rehab his shoulder this week.

"I think it's probably a game-time decision," Pease said. "Same situation we've been in before. He's got to get in some practice time at some point in time and be able to at least go out. He'll be able to do run game. He should know that. It's more his comfortability of how to throw."

It doesn't change preparation this week. Murphy hasn't practiced fully since he suffered the injury against LSU, meaning redshirt freshman Skyler Mornhinweg has seen most of the reps in recent weeks. If Murphy did miss Saturday's game, Mornhinweg would start with Christian Provancha serving as the team's backup. The goal is to keep freshman Max Staver off the field and allow him to redshirt.

"He's ready to go," Pease said of Mornhinweg. "The thing that's tough on a kid in his situation is just experience. You hope you never really have to play with a redshirt freshman. Nothing against him because he's a smart kid, he works hard.

"In a developmental situation, you hope that you get into your sophomore and junior year before you're in that situation, whether you're competing for the job or in a backup role ready to play."

SLOWING CLOWNEY: The hype around Jadeveon Clowney heading into the season reached levels that made it almost impossible for him to live up to it. With two sacks and seven quarterback hurries so far this year, Clowney could have his breakout game at any moment.

It could be on Saturday, as the Gators continue to shuffle bodies around the offensive line. Pease said there's no way to completely stop Clowney, but the hope is to wear him out.

"I don't know if you stop Clowney," Pease said. "I think you've gotta have a plan that makes him work hard. The guy is the best player in college football. He's gonna make plays. So you've gotta double team him and do things to make him chase the ball and you've gotta try to wear him out. There's gotta be an effect in the game where he has to work harder than just going in on a one-on-one matchup.

"Last year when we looked on film at some of the things, we got stuck with him in one-on-one matchups. Now they're smart, too, on defense. They do things that put him in one-on-one matchups, so sometimes you've gotta wear him out."

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