Notebook: More work in practice for UF


UF players warm up during practice Aug. 18 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

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Published: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 6:24 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 6:24 p.m.

Florida's third and final preseason scrimmage was rained out Tuesday. The Gators are not expected to make up the scrimmage, although some elements of the final scrimmage will be incorporated into practice today and Friday.

“I think we're just going to develop our practice reps from within practice on doing the things we missed out on in the scrimmage,” offensive coordinator Brent Pease said Wednesday. “It gets too close to the game, and you risk injuries and stuff like that.”

TE Reed returns to practice

Starting tight end Jordan Reed, who sustained a sprained knee last week, has returned to practice.

“He's fine. He's practicing,” Pease said.

Pease said the lack of depth at tight end has been helped by the camp emergence of former defensive end Tevin Westbrook.

“Tevin has had as good a camp as anybody,” Pease said. ‘He has been a complete bonus, to get him. He's gotten better.

“The kid's got a great attitude. I probably can't say enough good things about him. He's done a great job. He can catch and block. He's built our depth and he's made our packages better.”

Pease, Muschamp mesh

Pease, the new offensive coordinator, said he's been on the same page philosophically with UF coach Will Muschamp since even before he was offered the job this past winter.

“I think it probably meshed on the phone when he offered me the job or I wouldn't have been here,” Pease said.

“I've done a lot of things on offense, so I think that's the reason he came and talked to me. I mean, Will, we were friends. We'll probably always been friends. I think he just knew that's what I've done. That's what I'm comfortable with.”

Muschamp brought a pro-style offense to UF in 2011. When Charlie Weis left to become the head coach at Kansas, Muschamp hired Pease away from Boise State, where he ran a pro-style attack similar to what the Gators had already started developing under Weis.

“I've done other things,” Pease said. “I could go to four wides if we had to. But you know that's not what I've been the last six years, and that's not what I've kind of been groomed with at Boise State under Chris Petersen.

“So, Will knew there was a mesh already and that's what he wanted. If we wanted a spread offense, he probably would have gone somewhere else, maybe to Toledo and gotten their guy or something.”

OL has versatility

Pease said the offensive line has “meshed” and developed depth under new line coach Tim Davis.

“They've built depth,” he said. “Especially like Kyle Koehne, he's a kid that can play all the positions. Jon Harrison has been steady at center. You've go the tackles (Xavier Nixon, Chaz Green and Matt Patchan).

“Coach Davis has moved guys around. If we ever get in situations (due to injuries), guys kind of know (all the positions). We've gotten reps for a lot of the young kids like (D.J.) Humphries and (Jessamen) Dunker. Sam Robey has played all the positions.

“If we get caught in situations with a guy getting dinged or something, we should be OK.”

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