GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Brent Pease is Florida's new offensive
coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Pease spent the last six seasons at Boise State, five as
receivers coach and the last one as offensive coordinator.
He has 11 years of play-calling experience, beginning at his
alma mater, Montana (1996-98), and then Northern Arizona
(1999-2000), Kentucky (2001-02) and Baylor (2003-05).
Pease said he shares the same pro-style offensive philosophies
as coach Will Muschamp, who was scheduled to address the hire at a
news conference Wednesday on campus.
"This was a perfect fit," Pease said in a statement. "I want
to be multiple in our offensive formations and have a balanced
attack with tempo. I firmly believe in being fundamentally sound
and red-zone efficient. I want to develop our players in a
pro-style offense that can help them at the next level."
Under Pease, the Broncos averaged 44.2 points and 481.3 yards
last season and won 12 games.
Pease will replace Charlie Weis, who left last month to take the
head coaching job at Kansas.
Muschamp hired Weis in hopes of turning around one of the
program's worst offenses in the last 25 years. Instead, the Gators
averaged fewer yards and points than they did in 2010 under former
coach Urban Meyer. Florida ranked 102nd in total offense last
season, averaging 334 yards a game.
The Gators will rely on Pease to mentor freshmen Jacoby Brissett
and Jeff Driskel, the two quarterbacks expected to compete for the
starting job this spring.
Pease most recently worked with Boise State's Kellen Moore, who
became the first quarterback in the Football Bowl Subdivision to
win 50 games. Moore was the first player in NCAA history to record
four seasons with 3,000 yards of total offense and 3,000 yards
passing. And he became just the sixth quarterback in NCAA history
to finish his career with at least 14,000 yards passing.
Pease's resume also includes record-setting receivers Tyler
Shoemaker, Austin Pettis, Titus Young and Jeremy Childs.
More importantly, Pease has experience in the Southeastern
At Kentucky, Pease helped turn the Wildcats into one of the top
scoring offenses in the country. After posting a 2-9 season in
Pease's first year, Kentucky finished 7-5 in 2002, which matched
its best record since 1984, and ranked 23rd nationally and led the
SEC in scoring offense.
Pease coached future NFL players Artose Pinner (Detroit Lions)
and Jared Lorenzen (New York Giants) during his two seasons in
Pinner led the SEC?in rushing and finished 13th nationally.
Lorenzen ranked 23rd nationally in pass efficiency.
Growing up in Moscow, Idaho, Pease graduated from Montana in
1990 with a degree in health and human performance with an emphasis
in social science. After two seasons at Walla Walla (Wash.)
Community College, he played quarterback for the Grizzlies in
1985-86. He led the nation in total offense in 1986 and set nine
school records during his career.
Pease was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings and played two years
for the Houston Oilers (1987-88). He also played in the Canadian
Football League, the World League of American Football and the
Arena Football League. In 1991, he was the first player selected in
the inaugural WLAF draft by the Birmingham Fire.