There is a statue of Tim Tebow outside Florida Field. But that's not the quarterback the Gators offense plans to emulate in any way this season.
Instead, all those Boise State fans who felt cheated in recent seasons could find out how effective the Broncos' wide-open offense might have been in a Bowl Championship Series conference.
Brent Pease is the new offensive coordinator at Florida, and the former Boise State coordinator is making it known he wants the Gators to play in the same type of offense. He's even showing UF players film of former Broncos quarterback Kellen Moore as an example.
"I kind of know the growing pains of learning it, knowing all the mental gymnastics that are going on around you before the actual play is being run,'' Pease said recently. "So, I know what the kids here are dealing with, too, and there's a definite learning curve. They probably get tired of me showing Kellen Moore clips, talking about Kellen Moore."
Moore finished his Boise State career with a 50-3 record, the most wins by a starting quarterback in NCAA Division I FBS history. As a junior, he finished fourth in the 2010 Heisman Trophy voting.
Moore, who signed a free-agent contract with the Detroit Lions, had eye-popping statistics in Pease's wide-open offense: 1,157 completions, 1,658 attempts, 14,667 yards, 142 touchdowns and only 28 interceptions.
But even Moore, Pease said, was a little rough around the edges early in his career. Pease will keep that in mind as he works with Gators quarterbacks Jeff Driskell and Jacoby Brissett, inexperienced sophomores competing for the starting job.
"We all remember Kellen from what he was his junior and senior year," Pease said, "but as a freshman and sophomore we limited him to what he was successful with. As a football coach, whatever the position is, you're not throwing kids out there to be unsuccessful. You've got to know what they can do and use their strengths.''
So, while Florida fans might think of former UF quarterbacks such as Tebow, Rex Grossman or Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel as the gold standard, Pease thinks of Moore as the best example of how he wants the quarterback in his offense to play.
With all the motions and shifts, the offense he brought to Gainesville from Boise State really doesn't compare with any other in college football, Pease said. He is pleased with the learning curve, so far, for all the players.
"I think you'll see a lot of players involved in it and you'll see some ownership,'' Pease said. "I know there have been some questions in the past, 'Why didn't this guy play? …There are roles, and if you want your role to be big you create your role to be bigger. The more you can do, that helps the offense and creates matchups that we can be flexible with that particular player in this offense.''