Five observations from Florida’s 63-35 win over Arkansas

No Pitts, no problem
Don’t get me wrong, the Gators offense is better with Kyle Pitts on the field, heck, 32 NFL teams would be better with Pitts on the field, but his absence wasn’t felt on Saturday night.

Kyle Trask and the Florida passing attack were firing on all cylinders. Trask had more touchdowns (5) than incompletions (4) in the first half. They threw screens, flea flickers, and bombs. Everything was working and everyone got involved. Florida had more yards on offense in the first three quarters (446) than Arkansas had given up to any opponent this season

And if you came here to find a stat to rub in your Florida State friend’s face here you go: Kyle Trask had as many touchdown passes against Arkansas (6) as Florida State has as a team this season (6).

Florida scored 60 points for the first time against an SEC opponent since 2008 (vs Kentucky, 63-5).

Heisman Campaign
According to Vegas Insider, Kyle Trask was still has 10/1 odds to win the Heisman Trophy, up from 50/1 earlier in the season. Listen, the people in Las Vegas don’t build gigantic palaces in the desert for being wrong, but the season that Kyle Trask is having is more than deserving of the Heisman Trophy. Trask has thrown at least four touchdown passes in every game this season. Since 2005, these are the quarterbacks with 4 or more TD passes in 6 straight games: Colt Brennan, Graham Harrell, Logan Woodside, and Kyle Trask.

Trask continues to put up video game numbers and people will start to notice. He has 27 touchdowns through six games, more than any other quarterback in the country.

In his last two games, Trask has 830 passing yards and 10 touchdowns. He set the SEC record for touchdown passes through the first six games of a season (Tua Tagovailoa – 27), and he keeps getting better.

Place your bets now, because the price will be going up soon.

Freshman Anthony Richardson tweeted this during halftime.

The defensive front getting better
It’s not often that you can point to just one thing to show when a change happened but the return of Kyree Campbell has completely revamped the front seven and given them juice. Campbell’s return has allowed Florida to get pressure on the quarterback, including three sacks, a forced fumble and a touchdown on Saturday night. The Gators linebackers are playing better, Amari Burney had a big sack and Ventrell Miller had a critical pass breakup in the first half. Now, if the secondary can get its act together the Gators defense will really be something to look out for.

Spreading the love
Without Kyle Pitts we wondered who the Gators would turn to. The answer? Everyone. Four different receivers caught touchdowns, 10 different Gators caught passes and the Gators rushed for nearly 200 yards with more than 550 yards of total offense on the night. Trevon Grimes and Keon Zipperer each hauled in two touchdown catches.

Dan Mullen said Kyle Pitts may be out next week against Vanderbilt, but after tonight’s performance, that’s ok.

Disappointing reception for Feleipe
Before the game Feleipe Franks caught up with his former teammates. They hugged and talked while getting ready. He pointed towards his family and multiple Gator players went over and hugged Franks’ parents and chatted them up.

Then, when it came time for Feleipe Franks to take the field, his team down 7-0 in the first half the boo birds came out.

Maybe it was just me hoping time and distance would heal old wounds, but I hoped Franks would get a cheer his first time back on the field. He had an up and down career that certainly was tumultuous on both sides but he had a terrible injury, saw the writing on the wall with Trask, graduated from the University of Florida and transferred the right way. He’s said nothing but glowing things about the university, coaching staff, Kyle Trask, and his other teammates. He, in my opinion, deserved a better welcome back than he received.

Nick de la Torre
A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC