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Lack of passing game matters, but not huge concern for UF OC Pease

The Gators currently rank No. 2 in the BCS standings, and last in the Southeastern Conference in passing.

Florida's passing offense ranks 118th nationally with an average of 145 yards per game. Georgia Tech with its triple-option attack currently has more passing yards. Offensive coordinator Brent Pease said while he cares about being ranked last in the conference in passing a year after leading Boise State to the 11th-ranked passing offense, the emphasis is really on winning -- no matter what the stats say.

"I care because you don’t want to be last and we talk about balance. But you’ve got to understand something. There’s always give and take and we’ve got a game plan every game. And there’s a situation where, especially in my spot, I’m going to probably have to rely on that more," he said.

Against Vanderbilt, Pease said certain plays continued to work throughout the game and there is no reason to change what you're doing until the opponent proves it can stop it.

"They didn’t find some answers to a few plays," he said. "So whether that kid (Jeff Driskel) ends up throwing for 300 or rushing for a record like he does, I don’t really care how it gets done as long as we’re productive with what we do and score points."

Florida is running the ball on nearly 70 percent of its offensive snaps this season, and while Pease said that balance is certainly ideal, he also said he plans to stick with what's working until it's not.

"When we go in and you hit 10 plays for explosive plays, the bottom line is run them again," he said. "Run them again, OK. Let's not get greedy here as a coach and say, 'I don't like that, I'm throwing the ball because that's what we all love to do.' If Jeff Driskel can carry the ball 70 yards and outrun everybody, he's getting the ball. If Mike Gillislee can get the ball and outrun everybody, he's getting the ball. And if our O-line blocks like they block, we're giving them the ball. I'm not going to be stubborn as far as playing off numbers every week. I'm going to do what's best for this team and what they create for us to be productive and score points and win football games.”


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