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Sunday December 1, 2013Muschamp Announces Changes to Staff

Scott Carter
By SCOTT CARTER Senior Writer

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida head coach Will Muschamp announced Sunday that offensive coordinator Brent Pease and offensive line coach Tim Davis will not return for the 2014 season.

"I have a lot of respect for Coach Pease and Coach Davis,'' said Muschamp. "They are both good football coaches and even better people. There have been a lot of unfortunate circumstances this year, but that is part of the game sometimes. I want to thank each of them for their contributions to the program both on and off the field."

Pease came to Florida in January 2012 after six years at Boise State, where he was offensive coordinator in 2011 after five years as receivers coach.

The Gators finished 11-2 a year ago as the offense improved modestly over the previous season when Charlie Weis was offensive coordinator. However, the Gators' top outputs in 2013 came in the first two games prior to the loss of starting quarterback Jeff Driskel.

The Gators gained a season-high 415 yards in the opener against Toledo and racked up 413 yards the following week in a loss at Miami. After Driskel was injured in the first quarter against Tennessee, Florida's best production offensively was a 402-yard effort at Kentucky.

The Gators' also lost backup quarterback Tyler Murphy for the final three games due to a shoulder injury, leaving redshirt freshman Skyler Mornhinweg at the helm.

The 49-year-old Pease is a veteran assistant who has also served as offensive coordinator at Kentucky and Baylor prior to his stint at Boise State.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to come to the University of Florida and work with a bunch of great coaches, administrative staff and players,'' Pease said. "I know we came up short of our ultimate goal, but I will carry on knowing I gained valuable friendships and relationships during my time here."

Meanwhile, Davis also spent two seasons at UF.

He had previously worked with Muschamp during a season together on Nick Saban's staff with the Miami Dolphins in 2005.

Florida's offensive line, a strength in 2012 when the Gators defeated four teams ranked in the top 10, never found a rhythm this season due to various injuries.

Only left guard/tackle Max Garcia and center Jonotthan Harrison started every game and by the end of the season the Gators were starting junior-college transfer Trenton Brown at right tackle.


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