Game plan expected to change

The Gators went to Columbia with a game plan to avoid Jadeveon Clowney. The last thing offensive coordinator Brent Pease wanted to do was drop redshirt freshman Skyler Mornhinweg to pass too many times and allow Clowney to flip momentum of the game with one play. As the Gators move forward against Georgia Southern and Florida State, Pease expects that to change.

"Understand that last week's (game plan) was really based around No. 7 on their team," Pease said, referring to Jadeveon Clowney. "That guy's the best player in the nation. He can change the game, cause a fumble, pick the ball up and run. Going in, our plan was really designed to make sure that we were going to do things that he couldn't change the momentum of the game."

With Clowney out of the picture for the final two games of the season, Pease expects the game plan to open up. The Gators will still try to dominate the line of scrimmage and lean on the run game. That has been the plan since Will Muschamp's staff took over the program, and it won't change with a new quarterback.

But there will be new elements that allow Mornhinweg to throw the ball.

"We need to expect more of Skyler now," Pease said. "I think he can handle it. I've got confidence in him that he can. It's a little bit different situation. He has to be able to do that."

Mornhinweg had the benefit of taking all the snaps last week before the South Carolina game, making him more comfortable running the offense and making the throws expected of him. He ended the game 10-13 for 107 yards and one interception late in the game, but most of the throws were behind or barely in front of the line of scrimmage.

Pease said he has an accurate arm, but the improvement needs to come in Mornhinweg's arm strength. Even without it, his preparation made him ready to give Florida a chance against the Gamecocks. Spending time around his father, New York Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, helped Skyler Mornhinweg understand what kind of preparation is necessary.

"I think early in the week he still approached it like he was going to be the guy," Pease said. "He understands preparation. I think he started to get a feel because he started asking, 'Coach, what else do I need to look at? What else do I need to look at?' We kind of designed what he should be studying on film."

The game plan with Mornhinweg under center was geared around the run. The Gators found creative ways to run the ball, and Pease expects those to stay for the final two games of the regular season regardless of who is playing quarterback for Florida.

Pease put some direct snaps into the game plan. They didn't go well when the Gators put them in the game plan last week during practice, but as the week went on and the offensive had more time to practice, the players felt more comfortable with the timing and used it multiple times for big gains on Saturday.

"I think we probably were a little more abstract than what we've done in the past," Pease said. "Initially, we did a good job with it. As the game went on, we had to make more of an adjustment, which we weren't always as clean as we needed to be. We probably limit ourselves on our ability to make explosive throws, but we did break some (runs). I really believe that a couple of them should have been longer."

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