December 19th, 2012 10:43 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Florida
Tags: Brent Pease, National Championship, Northern Arizona, SEC
Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease couldn’t provide fireworks in his first season in Gainesville, but this Christmas season he is providing hope. Football-style hope for Gator fans that is:
“These kids, you start getting attached and seeing what they’re doing. There’s still work to be done. The future is bright. And for me, there is a lot to accomplish here. And there’s still a goal I want to accomplish in winning a national championship or winning an SEC title and all that.
And I like it here. I like the people I work with. I really like the kids.”
The Gainesville Sun suggests that Pease’s name will come up with regards to head coaching searches, as it briefly did with the Kentucky opening. Pease said “there was just minimal conversation” with the Wildcats and that he “wasn’t Plan A… maybe I wasn’t Plan B.”
Pease had been the offensive coordinator at Boise State before landing at Florida last offseason. But while UF finished 11-1 and ranked #3 in the final BCS standings, defense was the team’s calling card in 2012. The Gators finished 12th in the 14-team SEC in total offense with just 338 yards per game (328 versus league foes only). For comparison, Texas A&M’s go-go offense posted 546 per game versus SEC defenses this past season (218 yards-per-game more than Florida).
The future may indeed be bright, but Pease — who’s also been a coordinator at Montana, Northern Arizona, Kentucky and Baylor during his career — will likely have to improve his squad’s offensive numbers or else Gator fans might start wishing he would land a head coaching job.
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