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Gators face struggles with Wild-Gator option package

 
 
Trey Burton of the Florida Gators makes a reception against Georgia Bulldogs defender Amarlo Herrera (52) during their game at EverBank Field in Jacksonville on Nov. 2, 2013.
Trey Burton of the Florida Gators makes a reception against Georgia Bulldogs defender Amarlo Herrera (52) during their game at EverBank Field in Jacksonville on Nov. 2, 2013.
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Miami Herald Writer

Florida’s Wild-Gator package has been a disaster this season, and UF offensive coordinator Brent Pease admitted as much Tuesday.

Pease said he “second-guessed himself” on a Trey Burton option run on a pivotal first-down play-call on Florida’s final drive in the fourth quarter Saturday against Georgia.

Burton, UF’s Wild-Gator quarterback, sprinted right before pitching the ball to speedy wideout Solomon Patton for a 2-yard loss.

“One thing we do is we go through and say, ‘OK, what plays are good?’ And that’s something we haven’t hit,” Pease said. “Those [plays] probably haven’t been that great this year.”

After rushing for 190 yards and two touchdowns in 2012, Burton — a receiver — has rushed for just six yards on seven attempts this season.

With no threat to pass out of the formation, defenses have stacked the box and keyed on stopping the run — Burton or the read-handoff or pitch.

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• Florida exited the Georgia game totally healthy, coach Will Muschamp Only left tackle D.J. Humphries (MCL sprain), who did not play against the Bulldogs, after spraining his knee in practice last week — will miss Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt. … Florida will have no lineup changes versus the Commodores, sticking with the same five offensive linemen and freshman tailback Kelvin Taylor. … For the third time this season, Muschamp has reopened the kicking competition between walk-on placekicker Francisco Velez and redshirt freshman Austin Hardin after each missed a kick against the Bulldogs.

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