White Keeping Things the Same

Brantley will be using the same plays

Will Muschamp has been adamant about making things as simple as possible on his players during a time of transition. From him coming here a year ago replacing outgoing head coach Urban Meyer and it means now as the Florida offense looks to replace the outgoing Charlie Weis as coordinator. With that in mind, Interim Offensive Coordinator Brian White will run the same plays at the bowl game.

Of course Brian White will call the offense differently than Weis, but they will be running plays that he and the offense feels comfortable with and from the same playbook.

"It's pretty much status quo," White said of the offense for the game. "This is what our players know. This is what we've coached all year. We can't all of a sudden go and do something out of the box in a couple weeks. That would be foolish. It's an excellent offense. It's had proven success. Our players understand it. We're a work in progress, and we're gonna continue to get better throughout this preparation and play well on Jan. 2 against Ohio State."

White honed his offensive coordinator skills in the Big Ten a decade ago when he coached Heisman trophy winner Ron Dayne in the Wisconsin run heavy attack. He considers his style of coaching much like Weis, a play action and hard running scheme.

"I think we're very much aligned," White said of his and Weis' style. "That's the way I was raised in coaching. Primarily, that's how I coordinated when I was at Wisconsin… pretty similar stuff."

With Weis gone, that leaves an opening at coaching quarterbacks. White says that he and grad assistant Jeff Blasko will handle the quarterback coaching duties in Weis' absence.

"Jeff Blasko, he's a graduate assistant," White said. "You can Google him, he's probably got a handsome picture of him in there. It's this young, swashbuckling young man, very highly eligible bachelor. So if you're interested…

"He's coaching the quarterbacks for the bowl game."

White says despite the injury to John Brantley in the last game of the season his starting quarterback is doing "great". In the meantime the team will really work the two freshman quarterbacks to get them ready to play. Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett can really use the reps this extra practice time brings.

"The good thing about preparing for a bowl game is you get extra practices," White said. "Coach Muschamp's philosophy has been to treat it like spring ball for at least half of it."

He also says his two starting senior running backs, Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey, are ready to go.

"They've made every practice," he said. "They're probably as healthy as they've been all year. I'm really looking forward to them being full strength."

White intimated that the starting offensive line will be the same as the Florida State game which featured Matt Patchan at right tackle, Jon Halapio at right guard, Jonotthan Harrison at center, Dan Wenger at left guard and Chaz Green at left tackle. He says Green is ready to go after a few games previous.

"Our first-string offensive line hasn't changed from Florida State," he said. "Chaz is great. Chas has practiced every day."

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