Posted: 4:21 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, 2013
By Jason Lieser
Part of Florida’s pre-game preparation for the Kentucky Wildcats last weekend was OC Brent Pease leading his quarterbacks on a soothing afternoon walk in Lexington.
“Coach Pease took us on a little nature walk,” QB Tyler Murphy revealed. “It was kind of cool. Cleared my head.
“It was fun. Coach Pease growing up, being from the Montana area, he knows a lot about nature. It’s kind of cool just to learn about different trees and bushes and stuff like that. It was fun.”
Early in the afternoon, well before the 7 p.m. kickoff at Commonwealth Stadium, Pease texted his players, “Nature walk. 1:30. Don’t be late.” He and the players went on a 20-minute walk near the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa, which has a golf course and jogging path.
Pease quizzed players about different types of plant life, and Murphy said he “learned a few things about oak trees and sawgrass and stuff like that.”
Florida RB Matt Jones seemed fine with not being invited.
“I heard it was a pretty boring trip,” Jones said. “I heard it wasn’t good.”
The Gators beat Kentucky 24-7 that night, and Murphy completed 15 of 18 passes for 156 yards. He had one touchdown pass, one touchdown run and an interception.
It’s hard to say how much the nature walk helped him, but it might become a new part of the routine.
“That was just the first one,” Murphy said. “I’m sure we’ll continue to do it at other road games.”