I’m going to have a more in-depth look in Wednesday’s paper about the possible changes the Florida Gators have made on offense for Saturday’s Outback Bowl. But based on early feedback from some offensive players on Monday, don’t look for anything radical in terms of a different scheme or approach.
Quarterback John Brantley, wide receivers Frankie Hammond and Omarius Hines and tailback Jeff Demps all said that the offense will basically be the same that it’s been over the last half of the season, with the Gators alternating three quarterbacks (Brantley, Trey Burton and Jordan Reed) and trying to play with a fast tempo.
“We’re going to play three quarterbacks like we’ve been doing and see what happens,” Brantley said. “The offense really hasn’t changed.”
With more than a month to prepare for this game, many thought the Gators might revamp the offense, maybe even put the game in the hands of Reed, who isUF’s only real dual threat as a runner and passer and was on a roll in the FSU game before leaving with a concussion. Maybe Reed (or one of the other quarterbacks) will take over if he gets a hot hand Saturday, but the plan going in appears to attack the Penn State defense the way the Gators have attacked defenses since the Georgia game.
Meyer has said all along that the coaches would come up with a plan that gives the Gators the best chance to win the game and send the seniors out the right way. Maybe the three-quarterback system is the way to go. We’ll find out more at Meyer’s press conference on Tuesday.
One thing Brantley and the other offensive players mentioned Monday is that the Gators will go back to the no-huddle, hurry-up attack they sort of abandoned in the last few games of the season.