Notebook: Offensive package for Purifoy
Published: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 4:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 4:57 p.m.
Although Loucheiz Purifoy's potential role on offense seemed to be diminishing over the final practices of preseason camp, the Florida offense is still going to feature a package of plays for him every game, offensive coordinator Brent Pease said Tuesday.
“Yeah, there will be some things involved for him,” Pease said. “I look at it this way: There will be probably a package a week involved for him, touching it, throwing it to him or possibly running. There's a lot of places you can put him to run the ball. That's what we're going to do.
“And we can't overload him because he has a defensive scheme he's still got to worry about. But I think he's a kid that we can give him the ball three, four times a game, and he's still involved in the special teams like he is. He's got the potential that defenses have got to be accountable to him."
Pease said Purifoy seems to be embracing the opportunity to play offense.
“He's a kid that loves football,” Pease said. “He's very natural being a football player. So, to be playing defense and then all of a sudden switch over to do a play on offense and all of a sudden hit a post route, I mean, he makes it look so natural sometimes.
“I think he's good at it. I think he understands it, and he should understand it because he is a defensive back, so he should know how they're going to play him anyway, where they're vulnerable at and techniques and stuff.”
Jones returns to practice
A day after having more blood work done, tailback Matt Jones practiced Tuesday in a limited capacity. After missing all of camp recovering from a viral infection, he's due to return for next week's game at Miami.
“Probably not (in) pads,” Pease said before Tuesday's practice. “But he'll be in half pack (shells) or something.”
When asked how much Jones needed to practice before the Miami game to make Pease comfortable, he said, “Zero.”
Florida's starting fullback, Hunter Joyer, is also back at practice after missing two weeks with a pulled hamstring. Joyer returned Monday and is scheduled to play in Saturday's opener.
“(Joyer) looked fine physically. I think we've kept his reps down to a minimum just because,” Pease said. “The one thing about him is that the position he plays, you've got to kind of watch those guys because they take a lot of hits, especially with what they do. Eventually, it is a wear-down situation.
“We kind of monitor that on all the kids at that position. We protect them a little bit at this stage because we know what he's going to do. He'll be there and be ready."
Pease said there will be times when wide receivers Quinton Dunbar and Demarcus Robinson are on the field at the same time. Dunbar is the starter at the X-receiver position, backed up by Robinson.
“There will be situations like that. The one thing with Quinton, he's a kid that's been in it,” Pease said. “You know, actually, Quinton last year was at the Z. We moved him to the X because he wanted to kind of embrace the other position.
“He knows the Z, and he'll be inside for us sometimes. He's a guy with experience, he's learned the spots and it's kind of the same process we talked about last year. You kind of grow with things. He's a kid we can move around."
As for Robinson, one of the offensive stars in camp, Pease seems extremely high on the true freshman.
“That guy's really developed for us,” Pease said. “For a young kid, he's got a lot of talent, he's got great hands. It's just a matter like any kid. Initially, you want to see consistency
“I think he's getting to that point where he's comfortable with things, he's playing on instinct. Now let's see you do it in the game.
“Is the kid going to make mistakes? Yes, because he's a freshman. Does he have the ability to be fun to watch? Absolutely. Is he fun to be around and coach? Absolutely.”
O-line holding up
Pease said the offensive line is capable of overcoming the loss of two starters — guard Jon Halapio and tackle Chaz Green. Halapio (partially torn pectoral) is out until the Sept. 21 Tennessee game, while Green will miss the remainder of the season with a torn labrum. Green is scheduled to undergo surgery today.
“We still feel good about where we're at,” Pease said. “The old saying goes, carry the flag, when someone's down the next guy has got to step up. I think kids have done that.
“We feel that we have eight, nine guys that we can play with right now, and that's a lot better than where we were last year. The kids that came here, like Tyler Moore, who has done tremendous things, have done a good job. We'll get Jon back here soon. We're going be fine.”