Notebook: Pease as play-caller

Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease will have his performance evaluated after Saturday’s game.

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Published: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 4:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 4:45 p.m.

Florida football coach Will Muschamp will evaluate all of his assistant coaches after the season, including much-maligned offensive coordinator Brent Pease, and then determine who he retains on his staff. Muschamp was asked Wednesday to evaluate Pease’s ability as a play-caller.

“When you lose the top three tackles and two quarterbacks and a 1,000-yard rusher, it makes it very difficult to call plays,” Muschamp said. “Brent is a good play-caller and an outstanding football coach.

“It’s been frustrating for all of us, including him, in our production offensively this year.”

Muschamp was asked if Pease has been operating within Muschamp’s offensive philosophy.

“Yeah, again, we want to do what we’ve got to do to win games,” Muschamp said. “That’s what you need to do, and we haven’t done that this year.”

Pease has been receiving a lot of support this week from UF’s offensive players.

“I'm a big fan of coach Pease and I always will be,” senior wide receiver Trey Burton said. “I thank him for everything he's done for me and my family and the lessons that I've learned from him. I can't put into words how thankful I am for him.

“He’s very unique. He’s a special guy.”

Senior offensive guard Jon Halapio said Pease has done a good job considering all the injuries that have hit the offense, including losing starting quarterback Jeff Driskel for the season.

“I think he did what he could do as the offensive coordinator,” Halapio said. “I love the guy. Personally, I hope he stays for another year.”

Alvarez is Mr. Two Bits

Former All-America wide receiver Carlos Alvarez, one of the greatest players in UF’s history, will be front and center at The Swamp before Saturday’s game filling the Mr. Two Bits role.

“I’m excited about it,” said Alvarez, an attorney in Tallahassee. “They sent me videos of all the guys who have done it so far. You have to pretty much stick with what Mr. Two Bits did.”

Jacobs once a 'Nole

Starting senior defensive tackle Damien Jacobs started out his college career as a Seminole.

“I actually signed with Florida State out of high school, and just fell in love with it out of high school,” he said. “I called myself young, immature. I went to JUCO and got a little older, grew up a little bit and saw the light, saw through what was fake and what was real."

Even though the Seminoles are in the midst of an undefeated season and the Gators are 4-7, he said he’d rather be here than there.

“I wouldn't change it. I'd rather be in this situation with these boys,” he said. “I'd rather associate with real people. It's just a better situation here for me than what it was (up) there, so I felt like here was better. And I think 2011 they signed six or seven D-tackles in the next class and that pretty much told me like, nah, that's not the place for me."

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