If the Florida Gators can finally get over the Georgia hump and win the SEC East, quarterback Kyle Trask will probably be a key reason why, according to SEC Network analyst Jordan Rodgers.
“Kyle Trask has the ingredients to take a big step,” Rodgers said leading up to today’s SEC openers.
How big of a step? Rodgers started comparing him to last year’s Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 overall pick, LSU’s Joe Burrow.
“Kyle Trask has a great ability — especially not starting football for a really long time, being the guy, getting those games reps — of using his eye control to create space and to create openings for his receivers,” Rodgers said. “That’s something you see at the NFL level, and it’s something a few guys in college can do, as well.”
Rodgers said LSU attacked the middle of the field well last year because Burrow could look off defenders and create space inside. That gave his receivers more room to run after the catch. Rodgers sees that same ability in Trask.
There are obvious questions around UF’s offense, for Rodgers and everyone else. The Gators lost four NFL-caliber receivers, including three who were drafted, plus a strong pass-catching running back, La’Mical Perine.
But Rodgers has still picked UF to win the East because of Trask.
“I think Dan Mullen’s got a lot of trust in him,” Rodgers said. "I think if you ask any offensive coordinator what’s the one thing I want to have in my quarterback, it’s trust that he’s going to run the play, and he’s going to get to his third or fourth option if he needs to.
“... They’ll sprinkle in Emory Jones when they need to, but he’s got the ability to take Florida and everybody around him to the next level.”