GAINESVILLE -- Kyle Trask was a two-star recruit and a backup quarterback at Manvel High in Texas, but the 6-foot-4, 227-pound early enrollee has emerged as an interesting arm in Florida’s four-headed battle for the starting job.
Although the freshman will almost certainly not win the competition, Trask has impressed both coaches and teammates throughout spring practice, oftentimes showcasing the best pure arm-talent of anyone in the group.
“As far as the eye test, the kid is big and he can throw,” UF superstar cornerback Jalen Tabor said.
“I tried to bait him into one play in the scrimmage and he baited me. He threw it right over my head, I'm like, 'Oh, I thought I had it,' but he put it right on a dime. He can definitely drop dimes."
Trask played behind D’Eriq King, a Houston signee, in high school, but Florida’s coaches were intrigued by the freshman’s measurables, competitiveness and potential upside.
“I say this about that guy -- overtime you tried to say, ‘Well, I’m not so sure, and he did something that said you are sure,’” Gators offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier said.
"If you just turned on the film when he played in the games and looked at his production, it’s pretty darn good now. You look at the decision making, the size, arm strength, accuracy and say, ‘What box aren’t you checking, what are we missing here.'”
Trask threw for 10 touchdowns as a senior, and while he came to UF as a project, the early enrollee is quickly overcoming his inexperience and could potentially see the field sooner than many people anticipated.
“I love Trask,” Tabor said.
“He has the prettiest ball. Now it’s different when you get under the live bullets in the SEC. Guys like Dante Fowler, Jarvis Jones coming after you. Can you still step up in the pocket and deliver a ball to help your team win? That’s the only question I have for him.”
GRIER FINDS A LANDING SPOT
Former UF starting quarterback Will Grier transferred to West Virginia, the school announced Wednesday. Grier must sit out the 2016 season but will have two years of eligibility remaining. Grier was suspended for a calendar-year on Oct. 12 for violating the NCAA’s performance-enhancing drug policy. He later left Florida in December and it remains to be seen whether or not his suspension will run concurrently with his transfer.
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