SEC Network analyst shares why Kyle Trask's arrival could be 'turning point' for Florida
When Feleipe Franks went down with a season-ending ankle injury on Saturday, redshirt junior Kyle Trask was ready to step in at quarterback for Florida.
And although Trask didn’t have much college playing experience, he played well while leading the Gators to a 29-21 win over Kentucky. Trask completed nine of his 13 pass attempts for 126 yards while also scoring a 4-yard rushing touchdown.
On “SEC This Morning” on SEC Network on Monday, analysts Peter Burns and Chris Doering praised Trask’s performance, while Doering noted that it could be a moment that Florida fans remember later in the year.
“In our society in this day and age, everybody wants instant gratification,” Doering said on the show. “So for a guy at that age to stay in a place, and he’s not guaranteed a chance to play, but believes that he’s doing the right thing, that wants to be a Gator, that wanted to hang out and be among the rebuilding of that program, he now had an opportunity to come in and lead his team to a victory.
“Who knows where this season goes for Florida, but that very well may be a turning point in the year that you look back and say, ‘Wow, because he was ready, because he was there, this team was able to achieve things that they wouldn’t have otherwise been able to achieve.'”
Last year, Trask played in four games, passing for 162 yards and a touchdown. He played in the Gators’ win over Tennessee-Martin on Sept. 7, going 4-for-5 with 40 yards and a touchdown. Now, after his fill-in showing against Kentucky, he and redshirt freshman Emory Jones will be counted on to lead Florida’s offense moving forward.
For the full segment from Monday’s “SEC This Morning,” watch below:
We are in a time when QBs transfer if they don’t win the starting job. @GatorsFB's Kyle Trask stayed at Florida because he wanted to be a Gator.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) September 16, 2019
Trask and the No. 9 Gators host Tennessee on Saturday at noon ET on ESPN.