- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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Florida opened practice to some interesting news when wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill resigned for what he and the school said were for "personal reasons."
With Hill moving on, Will Muschamp will now look to offensive coordinator Brent Pease and graduate assistant Bush Hamdan to work with the Gators' wide receivers. That means Pease will be running Florida's offense, working with the quarterbacks and tending to the receivers. That might sound like a lot to put on a new coordinator's plate, but Hamdan should help ease Pease's workload.
Pease probably wouldn't have much of an issue working with receivers more because he has coached receivers before at Boise State and Montana, but that's still a lot to ask of him in his first year. So having Hamdan there is a plus. He was a backup quarterback at Boise while Pease was there, meaning he knows the terminology and the ins and outs of Pease's offense. Relaying info to receivers shouldn't be too tough for him and he'll be looked at as an educator at times.
Hamdan has experience coaching pass-catchers, as he was the tight ends coach at Sacramento State before joining Florida's staff in January. Also, being a quarterback means he knows a thing or two about working with wide receivers and knows most of their tendencies.
With Hill's connection to the Miami probe involving booster Nevin Shapiro, Muschamp had to be prepared if something were to happen with Hill. Hamdan isn't a big name by any means, but Muschamp wouldn't have promoted him if he didn't trust him to fill in.
Word out of Florida's camp is that Hamdan started working with the receivers mostly by himself during Friday morning's practice, so the transition has already begun.
While Pease will have new responsibilities this fall, he won't have to carry the entire load himself. And that's a very good thing for the Gators, as players try to get more familiar with their new coordinator.
One thing to point out is just how vocal and interactive Hamdan is with players. While I was on the sideline for Florida's spring game I saw Hamdan making sure he was the most involved coach on my side of the field. He was directing the quarterbacks -- on and off the field -- after every single pass. He was barking out plays, shifts and suggestions to just about everyone lining up on offense.
He clearly knows Pease's offense very well and he didn't just keep his comments to the quarterbacks. He was instructing receivers and running backs on footwork and routes when he saw something he didn't like.
Losing Hill this close to the start of the season certainly isn't what Florida wanted, but the duo of Pease and Hamdan should be enough to get the Gators through the fall.
Florida opened practice to some interesting news when wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill resigned for what he and the school said were for "personal reasons.