GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease says he has no issues with Kentucky or former Wildcats quarterback Jared Lorenzen, despite his comment during a Gator club meeting during the summer that he wanted to score 50 in this season’s game.
"I’ve got a lot of respect for that place," Pease said Tuesday. "I really love Lexington and I’ve still got a lot of friends who are in the administration there that worked closely with me, helped me out. And, you know, I wish them success."
Lorenzen was critical of Florida’s hire of Pease in January and took several shots at his former offensive coordinator on Twitter.
"Seriously, Brent Pease at Florida?" Lorenzen tweeted. "He’s freaking crazy and was brutal at UK when I was there."
Lorenzen also tweeted that Pease doesn’t make halftime adjustments and that Kentucky would be able to shut the Gators’ offense down.
While speaking at the Ocala, Fla., Gator club in July, Pease referenced Lorenzen’s comments by saying they would be good for two deep throws so the Gators could score 50 points when the teams met in Gainesville this Saturday.
"I liked Jared. He's a good kid," said Pease, who was Kentucky’s offensive coordinator from 2001-02. "He did a great job playing when I was there. He actually did a fabulous job."
Pease said he was just having fun at the Gator club meeting and wasn’t angry at Lorenzen. He also said he had no trouble with Lorenzen saying what he did.
"It’s free speech America," Pease said.
Lorenzen was UK’s quarterback from 2000-03, and Pease was his offensive coordinator for his sophomore and junior seasons. In Pease’s first season in Lexington, Kentucky averaged 382.8 total yards per game, 107.3 yards per game rushing, 275.5 yards per game passing, and 23.6 points per game. Lorenzen threw for 2,179 yards and 19 touchdowns with seven interceptions.
The Wildcats threw the ball less in 2002, averaging 198.9 yards per game (70th nationally), but ran the ball much better. Artose Pinner led the SEC with 1,414 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns, and Kentucky averaged 148.5 yards per game on the ground. More importantly, the Wildcats scored more points, averaging 32.1 per game. They scored 29 or more points five times and failed to score at least 24 points just twice in their eight SEC games.
The No. 14 Gators (3-0, 2-0 SEC) play host to the Wildcats (1-2, 0-0) on Saturday at 12:21 p.m.