Notebook: Pease not talking UK now
Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 7:03 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 7:03 p.m.
Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease has been linked to the job opening at Kentucky since head coach Joker Phillips was fired Sunday.
Pease reportedly has interest in the position, and UF coach Will Muschamp has fully endorsed him should he pursue the opportunity.
On Tuesday, Pease said he would listen to an offer from Kentucky after the season.
“That’s what we’re in the profession for,” Pease said. “First off, that situation is out of the question right now because I haven’t heard anything. I’m focused on here. I’ve only been here one year. I’ve made a commitment to be here, especially with my family, and I’ll move on if that situation arises.
“Ask me that question later when something happens, I guess. ... I’m not going to approach it in-season at all. If the opportunity comes up afterward, I’d do whatever is appropriate at that time.”
Pease, who was the offensive coordinator for the Wildcats from 2001-2002, believes Kentucky’s football program can be successful.
“They got great people, they got a great program and the facilities are good,” Pease said. “I think they’re committed to winning, and they have won. They won when I was there on staff, they won when Rich Brooks was there. You can get good kids there.”
When it comes to the passing game, Florida and Louisiana-Lafayette share something in common — No. 114.
That’s where the Ragin’ Cajuns ranked nationally in pass defense at 294.6 yards per game, while Florida’s pass offense sits in the same spot at 140.1 yards per game.
Something’s gotta give Saturday in The Swamp.
Pease said he wants his unit to stay balanced and execute the game plan, but he recognizes the opportunity to be productive through the air.
“Every week is important to get confidence,” Pease said. “Obviously that’s a stat you look at and say, ‘they’ve given up some stuff.’ I still think where we’re at with this group of kids is that we gotta do what we do best and see how the game goes.
“We’ll still always have our mixture of run and pass. But if we can get it going (with the pass), we should get it going, because the stats are saying that you can.”
Throw it away
With UF looking to throw the ball more this weekend, quarterback Jeff Driskel will be in line for some cheers from the home crowd.
And that’s not just limited to touchdown passes and big completions.
Last Saturday against Missouri, there was one play where Driskel escaped the rush and heaved the ball out of bounds. He immediately heard about it from the fans.
“Everyone cheered when I threw the ball away,” Driskel said. “I thought that was kind of funny.”
However, Driskel’s inability to get rid of it has been no laughing matter this season. He has been responsible for many of Florida’s 26 sacks because he often holds on to the ball too long.
“I haven't thrown the ball away too much this year,” Driskel said. “I took a lot of sacks, especially early in the year. A lot of sacks, it looks like it's all on the O-line, but it's not. It's on guys getting open and me having urgency with the ball. Getting the ball out of my hand was kind of a big deal to me.”
“When you take a sack, you put the offense in second-and-long and third-and-long. It’s a lot tougher, especially for play-calling, to pick those up. When you get a chance to throw the ball away, you’ve gotta do it.”
Pease said it’s difficult for quarterbacks to do so because they feel like they’re giving up on the play, but Driskel is learning he has to make that decision to keep the offense in a manageable down-and-distance.
“I think it’s probably anyone’s instinct that they want to complete every pass,” Pease said. “You believe that your receivers can make these great catches and someone’s always gonna be open and you can outrun the guy that’s chasing you. So I think it’s probably just the competitive nature.
“But you do have to work on throwing it away because at any level — high school, college or the NFL — quarterbacks have to throw it away. “Sometimes people aren’t open, sometimes pressure’s on you, sometimes you just have to make that decision.”