5 Questions with … Florida’s Van Jefferson

Florida wide receiver Van Jefferson (12) goes down the sideline after a catch last year against LSU at Florida Field. [Alan Youngblood/Gainesville Sun]

Florida senior wide receiver:

Q: Back in 2016, when you were at Ole Miss, you caught passes and a touchdown pass at Tiger Stadium. What was that experience like?

A: I think that was a top-25 matchup. I think we were 23 and they were 21. It was at night and Leonard Fournette was there. Leonard Fournette went crazy that game. He had like 200 yards rushing. That atmosphere was crazy. We stuck in there for the first half. After that they kind of pulled away on us. It was crazy. That’s probably the loudest stadium I’ve been in and played in. It’s going to be fun to go back and play in it.

Q: How can the receivers help quarterback Kyle Trask in the loud, hostile environment?

A: As receivers, man, we just have to make plays for him. I think when he’s out there and he’s looking for us, he throws the ball, he’s trusting us. He’s throwing it to us, so obviously he trusts us. Just making plays for him. That will calm him down and once he gets in and settles down and does the thing that he does — he’s a great quarterback. He’s been doing great for us. Once he gets in and just starts making some plays, he’ll be fine.

Q: Are the Tigers big talkers?

A: I was there the year with Jamal Adams. He talks crazy. He talks a lot, but obviously, he’s one of the best in the game, he’s a top-five pick. But, yeah, they talk pretty loud, and then Donte Jackson, he talked a lot too when I played. But, yeah, I think they’re all talkers, but, you know, I talk my little trash too sometimes. We’ll be all right. I think we’ll be fine. That just feeds me in the game.

Q: What’s the connection been like between the two Kyles — Trask and tight end Kyle Pitts?

A: Kyle Pitts is doing a great job, just him and Kyle, they have that tight end-quarterback connection. You can see it in the games, making play after play. And I knew coming into the season that (Pitts) was going to have a great year and he’s showing it. Hopefully he can keep it going. And Kyle Trask came in and has done a terrific job for us. So those two guys are pivotal parts of this team, so if they can keep that connection going, we’ll win a lot of games. Kyle Pitts is a mismatch for anybody.

Q: Pitts spent some time with the receivers last season and in the spring. How has that helped him?

A: That helped him out a lot. You see his routes, it’s like for a tight end, you’d be like, ‘Dang, he’s doing that as a tight end.’ But I think he worked harder this summer, countless times me and him in the indoor just working on top ends and coming in on our breaks. That’s working for him and he’s having a great year. If he continues to keep it going, man, the next year after that we might be talking about Kyle being a top-10 pick. That’s a dream of his, so if he accomplishes that dream I’ll be happy for him. He’s doing good right now, he’s killing it.