UF notebook

Florida’s defense shows aggression


Miami Herald Writer

In the second half of the win against Arkansas, the Gators committed four personal foul penalties on defense, but defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin took no issue with his players’ aggressiveness.

“Those were close calls,” he said. “I think they were guys just playing hard, trying to make a play.”

Durkin acknowledged balancing aggressive play and disciplined play, saying, “aggressive penalties we can handle, we can take. For lack of a better term, dumb penalties, penalties that are totally avoidable those are the ones we can’t have and need to correct, and we deal with pretty matter-of-factly and harshly.”

• Offensive coordinator Brent Pease has enjoyed working with former UF quarterback Chris Leak, now a graduate offensive coaching assistant.

“A guy that’s won a national championship at the school and was recruited like he was and meets the expectations and the standard and is still a humble person and really good person and good family man. He’s gonna be a good coach,” Pease said. “He’s found what he wants to do and he’s got good ideas and he works hard. The tough thing about when you leave, if you’re a professional player and you all of a sudden have to come to college and you’re shoved into a room and you’ve gotta break film down and you’re there for long hours, there’s a lot of hard work.”

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