Gators notebook: No weighty issues for QB Trask
Let’s give this little Florida football mystery a name.
How about Traskweight?
Just a few weeks ago, a clearly slimmed down and more cut quarterback Kyle Trask revealed that he lost 13 pounds during the offseason and was feeling much lighter and quicker on his feet.
Now, for the mysterious part. The UF roster and media guide were both released by the school Monday and Trask is listed as weighing 240 pounds. That’s six more pounds than he was listed on last season’s roster.
So, did he lose 13 pounds or did he actually gain weight?
It’s no mystery to quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson. He’s already solved it.
“His body has definitely changed,” Johnson said. “He’s probably about where he was when we first got here. Once he broke his foot in the end of 2018 is kind of when he gained a couple of pounds.
“He’s done a fantastic job of working himself back down, eating clean, taking care of his body, and just being a pro in how he handles his business each and every day. I’m excited to go out there and watch him cut it loose on Saturday.”
Johnson chuckled when he was told Trask said he’s going to be a better runner now that he’s in better shape.
“We’re going to turn him into Lamar (Jackson), you know?” Johnson said. “Kyle’s going to be efficient running the ball for us. Like we always say, he has to be willing and then be a great decision-maker in terms of knowing when to get down, knowing what we need for a first down, and being efficient in the run game. Being able to take what the defense gives you and keep our offense on the field is what we’re looking for.”
Single-game tickets available
UF announced that single-game tickets are now available to be purchased by season ticket holders on a first-come, first-serve basis. Prices differ for each game and range between $100 and $655 each.
The school is offering six different seating options for each game.
The Oct. 17 LSU game has the biggest price tags, with tickets ranging from $175 to $655. Tickets to the Oct. 3 home opener against South Carolina go from $110 to $635. The lowest ticket price is for the Missouri game, tickets going from $100 to $590.
More positive tests
The football team has had three more positive tests for COVID-19 over the past week, raising the Gators' September total to 10, according to data released by UF on Tuesday. UF has had 31 positive tests since the return to campus in late May.
He’s all yours, Todd
Johnson is very familiar with the skill set — and great speed — Ole Miss quarterback John Rhys Plumlee possesses, having coached him at a Mississippi State football camp when Johnson was the quarterbacks coach for the Bulldogs.
“Yeah, he can really roll,” Johnson said. “I remember, he’s obviously a Mississippi kid, so he came up to camp. He can fly. He’s very dynamic as an athlete and makes a bunch of game-breaking plays. Luckily, I don’t have to be coach (Todd) Grantham this week. I’ll let Coach Grantham deal with him.”