Fact or Fiction: Will UF’s Trask be voted All-SEC quarterback?

Florida quarterback Kyle Trask walks off the field after the Orange Bowl win against Virginia on Dec. 30 in Miami Gardens. Florida won 36-28. [Lynne Sladky/Associated Press]
There are truths and untruths in the world of sports. And there are also opinions that are worth discussing. You may agree or disagree. Just do it with decorum. So begins this occasional feature as Pat Dooley and Robbie Andreu of the Gainesville Sun embrace the debate with a game of Fact or Fiction:
Item No. 1: Kyle Trask will be the first team All-SEC quarterback at the end of this season.
Andreu: Because so much of the QB talent in the SEC has moved on to the NFL, Trask — given the numbers he put up in 10 games last season — likely will be the preseason all-conference pick. But he’s going to get a lot of competition and four of his top receivers from last season are gone. Keep an eye on Texas A & M’s Kellen Mond here. FICTION.
Dooley: Even though there are those ready to anoint Georgia’s Jamie Newman as the second coming, Trask put up incredible numbers last year, and there is no reason to believe Florida’s running game will be better this season. There are plenty of receivers still on the roster, including tight end Kyle Pitts, and the Trask story is one the voters will appreciate. FACT.
Item No. 2: Florida will play a 12-game regular season schedule.
Andreu: At this point, with all the uncertainty surrounding the opening of sports around the country, we don’t even know if the Gators are going to be playing even a one-game season this fall, so 12 games seems highly unlikely. There’s been a lot of speculation about a possible nine-game schedule: eight SEC games, and in UF’s case, FSU. FICTION.
Dooley: I don’t know, what time is it? It feels like the scale shifts on the hour. We’re going to see a football season at some point in this fiscal year, but everyone has to understand it will be a bastardization of what we are used to. It’s a possibility that some conferences might only play six or seven total games. I don’t see Eastern Washington and New Mexico State flying to Gainesville. FICTION.
Item No. 3: Emory Jones will see significantly more playing time behind Kyle Trask at quarterback.
Andreu: Heading into last season, we were hearing that Jones would take on a bigger role in the offense. When Feleipe Franks went down with his injury, it seemed inevitable. But it didn’t happen. Trask got on a roll and stayed on one, and Jones’ game reps were limited. But coach Dan Mullen really wants that dual threat at QB in his offense, and Jones will fill the role in 2020. FACT.
Dooley: Yes, Mullen wants more balance in his offense, but he knows what he has in Trask and when the games get tight, he will do what he did last season — stick with the known. If Florida had a spring and kept the players on campus through the summer, Mullen might have come up with some diabolical ways to get both players on the field at the same time. But it’s more likely he will now go with what works. FICTION.


  1. ”Emory Jones will see significantly more playing time behind Kyle Trask at quarterback.”

    My only complaint (SPORTS RELATED, no faceless non-sports haters; who hated losing ”Pres. elections” allowed, if you do, then GET YOUR FACTS straight. And don’t bring your childish emotions here, please) is that Coach Mullen threw in Emory on what seemed like random series. Not a lot of ”method to the madness.” I’d put Emory in the red zones, and make the ‘D’ respect his QB run game and thus take up another opposing defender.

    Go Gators!

  2. There are three elements involved in any success either of our quarterbacks will experience this season, be it truncated or regular: (1) themselves, (2) the rest of the team, especially the OL, and (3) how CDM sees things from moment to moment, game to game. Why make speculations? Fact is, we’ll see.

    Trask, of course, could get injured again. In that case, we hope Jones is ready. I personally think he would be. Moreover, I think he would shine, just as Trask did when Franks went down. But we hope that doesn’t happen, don’t we?

    In any event, keep your eyes on Richardson.

  3. I am sure that Emory Jones will see more playing time this year. I am hoping that the play selection will be more passing than rushing when he is not handing off to a RB. Last year Jones had a 50/50 split between passing and rushing attempts. That is not what he will do as a starter next year. I hope we see more of Jones passing game this year.