Florida coach Dan Mullen’s decision on who will start at quarterback Saturday against visiting South Carolina is a moot point now after Kyle Trask suffered a foot injury at practice Wednesday and had to be carted off the field.
Trask’s father, Michael, posted on Facebook on Wednesday night that his son is out for the season because of a broken foot. Trask fractured his foot practicing a trick play Wednesday, his father wrote:
“Gator Nation, I am sad to say that Kyle was injured today in practice while doing a trick play where he hands off to the RB and then goes out for a pass. The throw to Kyle was low and when he planted his foot to catch the pass he felt a pop. Unfortunately he fractured his foot and will be out for the season. Just a freak injury. The good news is that it will be minor surgery and he will be 100% for spring ball in 2019. Thank you for all the well wishes and support for Kyle, we appreciate you very much! Continue to pray for Kyle’s recovery.”
Calls to UF seeking comment were not returned Wednesday night. Trask missed last season after surgery on a foot injury.
Mullen said Monday he will wait to see how each quarterback practices this week before deciding who will start Saturday. It appears Franks is the choice to start now, as Mullen has said he wants to redshirt Jones.
“I’ve always said we’ll look and see how practice goes. We might play two quarterbacks, might play three,” Mullen said. “I want to see, we’re still putting the game plan together. I want to just see, you know, as we put the game plan together, we go out and practice it, who gives us the best chance to win.”
Franks finished 9-of-22 passing for just 84 yards vs. the Tigers before Trask came in with five minutes left in the third quarter. Trask, also a redshirt sophomore like Franks, finished the game 10-of-18 passing for 126 yards and a 7-yard touchdown pass on fourth down to receiver Josh Hammond.
On the SEC coaches teleconference Wednesday, Mullen said he was working on a plan for how he’s going to use his quarterbacks Saturday, but he’s not ready to reveal it.
“I’m not going to share what our strategy is of which of the three quarterbacks (is going to start), or how much of the three are going to play,” Mullen said. “I haven’t done that all year, so I don’t plan on sharing that strategy just yet.”
“They’ve done a really good job of digging into the plan, and working to understand it, what we’re trying to do,” Mullen said. “Understanding the different checks we have in.
“Obviously, every defense is unique. You’re still going to run your offense, but how it applies to that defense.”
Thomas Goldkamp of 247Sports was first to report Trask’s injury. Staff writer Robbie Andreu contributed to this report.