Florida Gators Football: A Look at New Offensive Coordinator Brent Pease

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Florida Gators Football: A Look at New Offensive Coordinator Brent Pease
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When Will Muschamp made the announcement a year ago that he had hired Charlie Weis to be Florida's offensive coordinator, no doubt it made a big splash.

It told the Gators the offense was going in a new direction, toward a pro style and away from Urban Meyer's spread. It told potential recruits that UF was bringing in a big name with a resume that includes Super Bowl championships. It told everyone that Muschamp was in it for keeps with the goal of bringing national championships back to Gainesville.

Weis lasted just one season at Florida before taking the head coaching job at Kansas.

It would be tough to give a fair grade for his tenure because it is difficult to overhaul a system with players signed specifically for that system. Dealing with injuries that kept arguably his four best offensive weapons (quarterback John Brantley, tight end Jordan Reed and running backs Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps) on the sidelines for a combined six full games and parts of many others didn't help either.

So, give Weis an "incomplete" that never will be completed.

No doubt Gator fans hope his replacement, former Boise State offensive coordinator Brent Pease, will stick around a good bit longer because UF looks like a place he can make a major positive impact.

Here are some facts you may not know about Florida's new offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, a man who took the job in Gainesville over an offer for the same role with BCS national champion Alabama. 

*A former University of Montana quarterback, Pease was drafted in the 11th round of the 1987 NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings.

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The Mountain Home, Idaho, native was released and picked up by the Houston Oilers. There, he started three replacement games during the strike-shortened 1987 season. He spent another year in Houston as a third-stringer behind future NFL Hall of Famer Warren Moon and backup Cody Carlson.

Pease spent parts of the next two years on the practice squads of the Miami Dolphins (1989) and Chicago Bears (1990).

*Twenty years ago next month, Pease became the first quarterback selected in the first-ever World League of American Football draft. He was chosen by the Birmingham Fire.

His coach with the Fire was former Gator quarterback Chan Gailey, now the Buffalo Bills' head coach.

*Pease has Southeastern Conference experience and was on the sidelines for one of the most memorable finishes to a game in college football history.

In that game, affectionately called the "Bluegrass Miracle" by LSU faithful, the Tigers won, 33-30, on an improbable 74-yard Hail Mary as time expired.

Pease made an impression that day, as his Kentucky offense (he was the coordinator for head coach Guy Morriss) put together a 98-yard drive against the nation's top-ranked defense.

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LSU's defensive coordinator that day? Will Muschamp.

Pease also nearly beat UF at The Swamp in 2002, as the Gators eked out a 41-34 victory against Kentucky's "The Pillsbury Throwboy" quarterback Jared Lorenzen.

Kentucky finished 2-9 in Pease's first year and 7-5 in his second, and final, season. He left after the 2002 season to join Morriss at Baylor, where he stayed three years.

*With Pease guiding the offense, Boise State won 12 games last season, averaging 44.2 points and 481.3 yards.

The 2011 season was his first as the Broncos' offensive coordinator after being the receivers coach his first five seasons in Boise.

BSU was 73-6 and won Fiesta Bowls in 2007 and 2010 with Pease on the coaching staff.

*In its final issue of the 20th century, Sports Illustrated ranked the top 50 athletes all-time from each state.

Pease was 29th on Montana's list.

*In December of 2010 Pease accepted the offensive coordinator job at Indiana.

However, he returned to Boise State less than two weeks later to become its offensive coordinator after Bryan Harsin left to take the same job at Texas (where Harsin barely missed out on coaching with Muschamp).

*Pease, 47, has a wife, Paula, as well as two children. His daughter, Halle, is 17, and son Karsten is 15.

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