GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- If Florida fans are expecting the Gators’ offense under Brent Pease to be as productive as Boise State’s offense was last season, they will be disappointed.
That would be unrealistic because what the Broncos did in 2011 -- 44.2 points per game (fifth nationally) and 481.3 yards per game (ninth nationally) -- was the culmination of more than just training camp.
It was more than a decade in the making.
It began when current head coach Chris Petersen was hired as the Broncos’ offensive coordinator in 2001, continued when he was promoted to head coach following for the 2006 season, and culminated with quarterback Kellen Moore’s senior season in 2011.
"We won’t be at this point in our season being able to throw the volume or the library of plays (and) schemes (at the players) that we did when I was at Boise State," Pease said Wednesday. "That was an accumulation of when I was there for six years, but more importantly back even when Chris Petersen (was hired).
"You can’t put those (11) years into seven or eight months."
Especially when there are so many questions about the offensive line, the receivers, and quarterbacks. But Pease is encouraged by what he has seen so far in the Gators’ first week of preseason practices. The older players’ level of retention from what they learned in the spring has been higher than anticipated, and Pease has been pleased to see how much the older players have taught the new players during the offseason.
"The thing that is encouraging is a lot of the older kids took the younger kids in this summer and now you can see where we are getting in that spot where the players are teaching the players," Pease said. "Not just the coaches trying to get it right. They know how to fix it on the field. Sometimes you get a little mixed up, but it’s not chaos."
Mornhinweg getting quality reps
Pease said freshman quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg had a good practice on Tuesday and earned some quality reps.
But he’s expecting an up-and-down camp for the son of Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, just as he would any new quarterback.
"I asked him what he was looking at on one play and he said to me, 'Coach, I’m swimming,' " Pease said. "I said, 'Well, understandable. You’ve been here for three days. There’s been a lot thrown at you.' But he’s done it. He’s a sharp kid. He’s competitive. He’ll get out there.
"He’s kind of got that knack that when it’s a live situation, he probably performs better than in drills."
Mornhinweg would be better off in terms of his development if the Gators had an experienced starting quarterback, but because Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett are competing for the starting job there aren’t as many reps available.
"It’s a matter, at that time, of getting him more reps and getting him more comfortable in the game and that’s hard to do," Pease said. "If you have a senior quarterback or a junior quarterback that’s been in 20-some SEC games, you could kind of develop him (Mornhinweg) earlier, but it’s tough to do when you’re in a situation where the other guys are competing."
Pease said it’s too early to decide whether Mornhinweg will redshirt. The Gators also have redshirt sophomore quarterback Tyler Murphy on scholarship.