GAINESVILLE -- Pease: UF needs balance
Florida this season is rushing the ball on 78 percent of its first downs, which is something offense coordinator Brent Pease said has become “a little predictable” and attributed to slow starts.
Against Georgia, the Gators rushed on first down 19 times compared to just nine throws. In the first quarter, Pease dialed up rushing plays on all five of UF’s first-down opportunities.
“We’re never going to get it back to balanced because the numbers are so skewed at this time in the season, but we kind of go on a game-to-game basis,” Pease said. “… We’ve just got to be better earlier on in the game.”
Florida has been outgained in the first quarter of every game this season and outscored in four.
Overall, opponents are leading 37-24 in the first quarter. The Bulldogs outgained the Gators 88 to 26 and held a 7-0 lead after 15 minutes.
Pease said play-action helped open up some things in the run game on first and second down later in the game and that he needs to work on being more balanced early on.
“All of a sudden [that] loosens them up and we kind of get going in a rhythm then the run game hits a lot better,” Pease said. “We’ve got to start a lot faster. … I’ve got to develop a better rhythm for them and get the kids where we’ve got the ball moving a lot better. And I’ve got to do a better job.”
• Pease said Andre Debose and Omarius Hines are candidates to take over the role vacated by Solomon Patton (arm) after he sustained a season-ending injury against Georgia. Patton had 14 carries for 143 yards.
Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Leon Orr received intravenous fluids at Shands Hospital in Gainesville to treat the flu, a team spokesman confirmed Tuesday after Orr posted a picture of his hospital armband on his Twitter account.