In its last 39 games, Florida’s had exactly one 300-yard passing day. And that was against Furman. But things are looking up, baby.
The biggest key to more explosive plays, though, will be the improvement of the receivers. The position has really struggled since the 2009 season ended but the players should be helped by the hiring of former Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips, who has 18 years of experience as a receivers coach and helped Randall Cobb and Steve Johnson reach the NFL. Pease said the group has been better than last season, when they were coached by graduate assistant Bush Hamdan after receivers coach Aubrey Hill abruptly resigned the day before preseason practices began.
I know the timing sucked, but really, a GA coaching a position that badly underperformed for the entire season? Boom gambled and got away with it for the most part, but it’s certainly an interesting reflection on his priorities. He’s got a full-time coach now, but you wonder how much emphasis he gives the position. Debose’s season-ending injury doesn’t help matters (although I think the bigger impact of that will be on UF’s special teams). Maybe we can hope that forces the Gators to have Loucheiz Purifoy take even more snaps on offense.