New UF coordinator Pease has Bluegrass roots
Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 5:36 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 12:01 a.m.
It's been a while, almost 10 years, but new Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease does have a track record of calling plays in the SEC. He did it quite effectively in his two seasons at Kentucky.
In his first season in Lexington (2001), the Wildcats struggled through a 2-9 season while Pease was installing a pro-style offense and trying to achieve balance between the run and the pass.
A year later, the Wildcats (and Pease's offense) experienced a big turnaround. Kentucky went 7-5 (the school's best record since 1998) and the offense ranked 23rd nationally and first in the SEC in scoring.
Pease lost twice to his future school, but the Wildcats came close to pulling off an upset against Florida in the 2002 game in Gainesville, scoring 34 points. That was the Derek Abney game, where the UK wide receiver/kick returner went off the charts, catching a touchdown pass, returning a kickoff 100 yards for a TD and returning a punt 49 yards for another score.
Here's a look at how Pease's offense fared against the Gators in 2001 and 2002:
Florida 44, Kentucky 10
First downs 11
Passing yards 203
Passing att./comp. 39-23-0
Total yards 288
Possession time 29:48
The skinny: Quarterback Shane Boyd threw 39 passes and completed 23 for 203 yards and a touchdown. He spread the ball around, completing passes to 10 different receivers. Ernest Simms was the leading receiver with six catches for 75 yards. The Wildcats could not get much going on the ground, rushing for only 85 yards on 21 carries. The leading rusher was Martez Johnson with 49 yards on nine carries. Despite the eventual blowout, the Wildcats were in the game in the first half, trailing one of Steve Spurrier's best UF teams only 16-7 at the half.
Florida 41, Kentucky 34
First downs 14
Passing yards 180
Passing att./comp. 32-20-1
Total yards 268
Possession time 25:18
Third-down conversions 1-12
Fourth-down conversions 0-1
Red-zone scoring 2-2
The skinny: This game was in doubt until the very end. Although Pease's offense did not put up huge numbers, the Wildcats kept the UF defense off balance for much of the game. The yardage total was somewhat skewed by the fact Abney gobbled up so many yards on his two long returns for touchdowns. Quarterback Jared Lorenzen completed 20 of 32 passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception. Lorenzen completed passes to 10 different receivers. The ‘Cats also had some success on the ground, with tailback Artose Pinner rushing for 90 yards on 20 carries. The big negative for Pease's offense was the Wildcats managed to convert only one third down in 12 attempts. Still, the ‘Cats moved the ball and were in a position to possibly pull the upset in the final minutes.
Contact Robbie Andreu at 352-374-5022 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also check out Andreu's blog at Gatorsports.com.
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