Notebook: UF's Driskel solid starter

Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel has been working on his game during pre-bowl practices.

Rob C. Witzel/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 5:39 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 5:39 p.m.

As Florida prepares for its Jan. 2 matchup with Louisville in the Sugar Bowl, starting quarterback Jeff Driskel has a chance to improve his game as does the offensive unit as a whole.

Should Driskel progress during the extra bowl practices, backup QB Jacoby Brissett will be less likely to take away his job anytime in the near future.

Many consider Brissett to be a transfer candidate this offseason, but UF offensive coordinator Brent Pease said Tuesday he hasn't had a conversation with him about leaving.

“None,” Pease said. “I'm out there to coach him. Whatever his future is, he's done a good job. He's had good practices. I think he's a special kid and handled the situation well and done a good job when he had an opportunity to play. I'm sure that might come up at the end of the season, and selfishly I hope it doesn't, but I support the kid either way.”

Pease could see a scenario where Brissett would stay another season, but it's hard to predict what he will do.

“I think he loves the University of Florida, I do,” Pease said. “I think if he's in a situation where he maybe sees himself competing and playing and helping, yeah (he might stay). Sometimes it's hard to know how teenagers think. I have to deal with my own kids, but I don't know. That's a situation I'm sure we'll cross in some point in time.”

Reed's pro potential

Another player who will have to make a decision about his future after the bowl game is junior tight end Jordan Reed. His name has appeared on several draft boards, and he's already submitted paperwork to the NFL.

Reed was Florida's leading receiver in 2012 with 44 catches for 552 yards and three touchdowns. Pease said he's shown pro potential this season.

“I think he's done a good job,” Pease said. “He's kind of been really our go-to guy with the high catch total. He's so flexible that you can match him up on the outside, on the inside, do some (multiple) things with him. And I think it shows that he's grown because you've seen us put him in a lot of different positions, so I give him a lot of credit for that.”

Pease hasn't received any indication from Reed on what he will do.

“He hasn't told me anything,” Pease said. “We'll cross those paths when we get there with the kids. These kids have been good about approaching it the right way because I still think playing this game with these guys and winning this game is important to them. And then I think they've been smart about their situations.”

Debose draws praise

After leading Florida in receiving yards (432) and receiving touchdowns (four) a season ago, Andre Debose disappeared this year.

He caught just two passes for 11 yards and did not play in four games, which coaches said was due to poor performance in practice.

However, Pease believes the redshirt junior has turned the corner.

“He's had really good (bowl) practices,” he said. “I think he's healthy, he's working hard and his attitude is right. He's done good, and we're trying to get him involved in some things. He's kind of refocused. Hopefully he's a guy that continues doing what he's doing and you'll see him out there.”

Pease said Debose is putting more energy into practice and has begun to grasp the team concept.

“Now he understands that if the play's not for him, he's going to work hard at blocking it. If it's for him, this is how he's going to get it executed. It's not about him. It's about him and the 10 other guys out there,” Pease said.

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