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Jim McElwain: Florida Gators’ Kyle Trask will ‘make the most of his opportunity’

The former Gators coach who recruited Trask to Florida isn’t surprised that Trask didn’t transfer.
CHARLIE KAIJO | Times Quarterback Kyle Trask (11) practices throws at Jesuit High School in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, December 29, 2016. University of Florida held practice for the Outback Bowl at Jesuit High School. [Times]
Published Sep. 16
Updated Sep. 16

Florida quarterback Kyle Trask starred in his first significant action, a double-digit fourth-quarter comeback at Kentucky on Saturday.

That doesn’t surprise the man who recruited Trask to Gainesville.

“I know he’s going to make the most of his opportunity,” former UF coach Jim McElwain said.

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McElwain signed Trask in 2016 in the same class as Feleipe Franks. At the time, Trask was a largely unheralded three-star recruit as a backup behind D’Eriq King at Texas’ Manvel High.

“Kyle was a guy that obviously was kind of under the radar…” said McElwain, now the head coach at Central Michigan. “Always had total confidence in Kyle…

“Kyle gets his chance to do what he does best. I think what that is, is really having a command of the offense and getting the ball to the people who make it happen. Happy for Kyle. I really feel bad for Feleipe and all the things he’s been through.”

Trask had multiple opportunities to leave UF after not winning the starting job. He had another last month when he graduated and could have been eligible immediately elsewhere.

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But Trask stayed. That doesn’t surprise McElwain, either, considering how Trask stayed in high school as a backup.

“Here’s one of the things that really attracted us to him, to be honest,” McElwain said Monday during the MAC coaches’ teleconference. “Here’s a guy that played at a really good high school. The system necessarily didn’t fit him, and yet he stayed there…

“So it doesn’t surprise me. I think he’s a guy that once he commits to something, he sees it through.”

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