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.