Florida's surprising run to a BCS bowl last season was mainly the result of excellent defensive play. The Gators' terrific secondary and strong linebacking corps helped them finish as the fifth-best defensive team in terms of points allowed.
Meanwhile, the offense had its fair share of struggles. Although the Gator ground game was strong all year, the team's passing attack was one of the worst in college football. Much of this can be attributed to the growing pains and learning process of quarterback Jeff Driskel.
Because Driskel was a first-year starter, offensive coordinator Brent Pease kept the game plan highly conservative throughout the season. As a result, Driskel only threw for 1,646 yards and 12 touchdowns.
If the Gators want to challenge for another BCS berth, however, his numbers need to improve. This means that Pease will have to open up the playbook and put the game in Driskel's hands. Even though much of Driskel's effectiveness will depend on his own development, there are a few ways in which Pease can remove some of the pressure and help him during the upcoming season.
Here are six of the steps Pease can take to assist Driskel.