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Florida Gators quarterback Kyle Trask hurt, returns against Auburn

Trask likely has an MCL sprain and his coach isn’t too happy about the hit that briefly caused his starter to leave the top-10 matchup.
Florida quarterback Kyle Trask (11) throws a pass over Auburn defensive end Nick Coe (91) during the first half Saturday in Gainesville. [JOHN RAOUX | AP]
Published Oct. 5
Updated Oct. 5

GAINESVILLE — The Florida Gators watched their second quarterback go down with an apparent leg injury this season.

New starter Kyle Trask left Saturday’s game against No. 7 Auburn midway through the second quarter after taking a hit by Tigers defensive end Marlon Anderson. Trask was clearly frustrated after the hit and walked straight to the locker room afterward.

His absence didn’t last long. Trask returned with a minute left in the half, after blue-chip redshirt freshman Emory Jones played one and a half series. Trask had a brace over his left knee when he retook the field.

Coach Dan Mullen said at halftime that Trask likely has a light MCL sprain, adding, “Hopefully, the league really tries to keep quarterbacks safe from dirty plays."

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Trask got the top job earlier this season after initial starter Feleipe Franks fractured/dislocated his ankle at Kentucky. Trask rallied the team to a victory and led routs of Tennessee and Towson.

Jones was 4-of-6 passing for 28 yards in his early action. Jones was a big coup for Mullen in his first recruiting class.

Here’s our story from the preseason on Jones, who was trying to find his place with UF.


  1. Florida Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks poses for a photo with Reyce Ramsey, 9, one of the fans who sent him a get-well card. SCOTT RAMSEY  |  Special to the Times
    When the Florida Gators’ quarterback got hurt at Kentucky, cards came from a 9-year-old in Kissimmee and a retiree in Oldsmar.
  2. Florida tight end Kyle Pitts (84) celebrates after scoring a touchdown on a 15-yard pass reception during the second half against Vanderbilt on Nov. 9 in Gainesville. JOHN RAOUX  |  AP
    The Florida Gators still have a lot to play for, even with a sleepy game in cold Columbia.
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  8. Florida wide receiver Trevon Grimes (8) runs after a reception past Vanderbilt linebacker Kenny Hebert (21) during the first half in Gainesville. JOHN RAOUX  |  AP
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