Welcome back, Kyle Pitts
What possessed Kentucky linebacker JJ Weaver to utter these words, I’ll never know.
“Kyle Pitts is most definitely going to see me this week,” Weaver said of Florida’s All-American tight end. “… We’ve just got to be more physical than him. That’s it. He is a great player. He’s going to get up and jump, but he’s just never had J.J. Weaver on him before.”
I asked Kyle Pitts if he had seen it and, sure enough, he had. It’s probably what prompted Pitts to get a warning from an official for something he said to a Kentucky player after his second touchdown, and what prompted his celebration after his third touchdown.
After the game, Pitts said he didn’t remember much of the hit that knocked him out of the Georgia game and broke his nose but he’ll remember all three touchdowns from Saturday.
Oh, and Pitts’ three touchdowns against Kentucky give him 11 on the year, which at the time of publishing this story, is tied for the most in the country.
More history for Kyle Trask
Kyle Trask threw his 32nd TD pass this season on Florida’s opening offensive drive, tying Tim Tebow in 2007 for the 4th-most in a season in Florida school history. Trask entered today’s game against Kentucky already with the most TD passes through 8 games in SEC history.
With his second TD pass of the day against Kentucky, Gators QB Kyle Trask now ranks 4th in school history in TD passes in a season with 33.
Wuerffel – 39 (1996)
Wuerffel – 35 (1995)
Grossman – 34 (2001)
Trask – 33 (2020)
Tebow 32 (2007)
Kyle Trask also threw three touchdown passes for the eighth consecutive game, breaking Danny Wuerffel’s record of seven consecutive games with three or more touchdown passes.
Kyle Trask is just the 2nd SEC player since the conference formed in 1933 to record 8 consecutive games with 3 passing touchdowns (Drew Lock in 2017)
Kyle Trask has 3+ pass TD in all 8 games this season, tied for the longest active streak in the FBS.
It's also tied for the longest streak by a Power 5 QB in the last 15 seasons. pic.twitter.com/p1NKPvdPEF
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 28, 2020
Most Pass TD Through 8 Games in FBS history:
2003 B.J. Symons 36
1989 Andre Ware 36
2020 KYLE TRASK 34
1990 David Klingler 34
1969 Dennis Shaw 34
Time for a change on the right side of the offensive line
Florida has two games left this season. They’ll travel to 2-5 Tennessee and then host 3-3 LSU. A win in either of those games gives the Gators the SEC East title and a date with, presumably, Alabama in the SEC Championship game.
What is happening on the right side of the line right now with Stewart Reese and Jean Delance simply isn’t cutting it and certainly won’t against the Crimson Tide’s defensive line. Florida had a chance to put in the second string offensive line at the end of the Kentucky game and they held their own.
I hate to point out a problem and not have a solution to tag along with it but I don’t know what the right mix is but I know what Florida’s doing isn’t cutting it. Maybe the answer is to slide Reese out to tackle, a position he’s played before and put Ethan White or Josh Braun in at guard? Perhaps Richard Gouraige can play right tackle next to White or Braun at guard? These next to games, against teams Florida should have no problem beating, should be used to figure out the right side of the offensive line.
Mullen Yelling at Grantham worked
Well, this was a sight on the sidelines Saturday afternoon.
Dan Mullen absolutely going in on Todd Grantham pic.twitter.com/Xk9wqQz9t8
— Ben Murphy (@BenMurphyTV) November 28, 2020
Mullen joked about what was shared between the two in the video:
“Well I’ll be honest with you, I got home Thanksgiving dinner and we’re neighbors. He had his Christmas lights up before dark and I said, ‘We don’t put Christmas lights up until after Thanksgiving,’ and he said adamantly, ‘Yes we do,’ and I said, ‘No you don’t.’ So we agreed to disagree.”
This exchange occurred shortly after the Gators declined a holding penalty, leading Kentucky to a field goal attempt.
Florida defense responded in a huge way in the second half giving up just 21 yards in the 2nd half before the backups came in. Florida was perfect on third downs in the second half.