UF offense geared for Vols


Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel hands the ball off to running back Matt Jones during the first quarter against Tennessee on Sept. 15, 2012, in Knoxville, Tenn.

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Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 3:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 6:55 p.m.

When your upcoming opponent has just given up 59 points and almost 700 yards of total offense, it's a pretty encouraging thing, admits Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease.

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Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel hands the ball off to running back Matt Jones during the first quarter against Tennessee on Sept. 15, 2012, in Knoxville, Tenn.

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But then again No. 19 Florida isn't No. 2 Oregon, so don't read too much into Tennessee's defensive meltdown against the fastbreak Ducks and how it may impact Saturday's game, Pease said.

“Yeah, I mean you like it because I think there's some things you can draw from it,” Pease said Tuesday. “But in the same sense, what we told our kids, you've got to throw that out because one, this is the SEC, they're coming here to play us and it's a rivalry game.

“They've got to understand that the passion between the two teams and probably some hatred between the two teams and the competition level of what you're going to get from them. You're going to get their best shot.

“You can't say well, gosh, we're running this same play that Oregon ran. There are different situations or circumstances there of how the flow of the game went compared to what we're probably going to be in. Yeah, you like to think you can draw something from it, but it's going to be a little different because it's a conference game for us.”

Oregon's up-tempo offense caught the UT defense out of position and off guard time after time, resulting in numerous big plays and all kinds of yardage and points.

Although the Gators have an up-tempo package in their offense, it has not been a staple. UF's approach has been slower and more methodical, based on a physical running game to create opportunities in the passing game.

Given Oregon's success going fast against UT, Pease said the Gators may go uptempo at times Saturday.

“It's always interesting to do some of that,” Pease said. “You have to understand how (Oregon has) built this thing for the last five to six years and how dialed in they are. It's tough for us to say that's us all of a sudden. Nah. Is using some tempo that we practice (a possibility)? Yeah, there's always that possibility. But to do it how they're doing it, I don't think efficiency-wise we're built that way right now.

“We have to make sure our components are going to fit to what we feel are our match-ups and how we attack teams. You saw us do it a little bit last year to start off games kind of to get the kids in a flow. It's something we always have prepared.”

Pease is one of the many offensive coordinators around the nation who seems intrigued by the up-tempo style of play. In August, he attended an NFL exhibition game in Jacksonville to watch how the Philadelphia Eagles are doing it under former Oregon coach Chip Kelly.

“I think you create more space and more dynamic situations for players,” Pease said. “I don't know if we're built that way. We're built to hold onto the ball a little bit more.

“(Oregon) is very efficient in what they do. Our efficiency is going to be more in grind it a little bit more and try to create some big plays throwing the football. And, that's where I think we've got to be more consistent in getting points.

“Because we're probably more designed to go six to 12 plays in a drive, rather than three to four, and hold onto the ball for more than two minutes in a drive.”

Pease takes the blame

Pease said it was a bad decision on his part to call a quarterback sneak on a fourth-and-one play that failed against Miami two weeks ago.

“We've got a half a yard, and obviously I think our guys up front are very good and they can move people,” Pease said. “I called it, and I knew what they were probably going to go to (defensively). I think that put our guys in too tough a spot.

“I knew they were all going to sink down in there and dive at their feet and just create a mosh pit of humanity. Right after I called it, I knew it. I guess I let my ego get involved a bit that I trust our guys up front. I'm not saying I don't ever trust them, because I always do, but I knew it put those guys in a tough spot. You can't do that.

“I think there was a better option of plays that we had looking back on it, so I probably should have gone with something else.”

Robinson's time coming?

After a big buildup in preseason camp, true freshman wide receiver Demarcus Robinson has yet to catch his first collegiate pass. But his opportunities may be coming soon, Pease said.

“I don't know if there's anything specific. He's been in situations where he's targeted, and sometimes coverage takes it away,” Pease said. “Sometimes he's been there, and we haven't got the ball to him. It's just a matter of getting into the flow. I know it's been tough to see, but he's come on in practice. He works hard. He's a very likable kid that I think, it's going to pop here soon.”

Robinson was thrown to twice in the UM game on short crossing patterns, but both passes were behind him.

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