Ever since taking over as the Florida Gators starting quarterback, redshirt junior Kyle Trask is lighting Gainesville on fire. Even in losses to LSU and Georgia, the 6-foot-5 signal caller is putting on a QB clinic for head coach Dan Mullen’s offense. During Florida’s 56-0 drubbing of the Vanderbilt Commodores, Trask had his greatest game as a college football player.
The once-overlooked Manvel High School backup quarterback tossed a career-high 363 yards and three touchdowns, plus he added another score on the ground in Saturday’s win. The Gators only led 14-0 at halftime — no thanks to two interceptions deep in Vandy territory and a missed field goal — but then, Florida exploded in a historic offensive output.
The Gators had a field day, and when the dust settled, Florida did something fans have only seen four times in the last 20 years.
The Gators finished the game with 400 passing yards, 150 rushing yards, three passing touchdowns and three rushing touchdowns as a team for just the fourth time since 2000.
The other games? Two of them came during Rex Grossman’s record-setting 2001 season. The other was the 2010 Sugar Bowl victory over Cincinnati with Tim Tebow at the helm.
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UF scored touchdowns on five of their six second half possessions, plus SEC Defensive Player of the Week Jonathan Greenard returned a fumble 80 yards for a score — That’s the longest defensive touchdown on a fumble recovery for Florida since Quincy Wilson in 2016.
“Trask is one of the hardest workers on the team,” wide receiver Trevon Grimes said after the game (via Gators Territory). “He’s locked in every single day. I feel like that’s one of the biggest things that comes because he knows where we’re gonna be at and we know the reads he’s going to make in different coverages, so I feel like his smartness helps us out a lot.”
Trask’s impact since Feleipe Franks went down with a season-ending injury against Kentucky is evident. The team is playing elite-level football and tested SEC powerhouses UGA and LSU down to the very end. The Gators might have two losses, but they have one of the most dangerous offenses in all of college football to go along with its ninth-ranked scoring defense in The Swamp (15.0 points allowed per game).
With favorable matchups of Missouri and Florida State left to play, it’s certainly not time to put away the Florida gear just yet.
The University of Florida football team is rolling behind their Texas native, and the game plan is simple: let Florida quarterback Kyle Trask keep slinging that thing to Grimes, Van Jefferson, Freddie Swain, Kyle Pitts, Josh Hammond and the rest of UF’s high-powered offense.