Kyle Trask continues marching towards a Heisman

If you’re not on the Kyle Trask for Heisman train by now then what planet are you living on?

Trask’s incredible season continued on Saturday at Neyland stadium. The redshirt senior threw for 433 yards on 35-49 (71%) passing for four touchdowns and no interceptions.

After nine games Trask has more passing touchdowns, for more yards, and fewer interceptions than the 2019 Heisman winner Joe Burrow. Not to mention that Trask has done this against nine SEC opponents, without the benefit of getting a cupcake or two to feast on in the early months of the season.

How does Trask stack up with the other Heisman winner at Florida?

It’s unfair to compare the stats to Steve Spurrier, it was a different time and a different game but Spurrier did have a “Heisman moment” before Heisman moments were a thing when he kicked a 40-yard field goal to beat Auburn. May I present a Kyle Trask pooch punt?

How about Tim Tebow? They certainly play a different style but Tebow’s sophomore season was special.

Still, Trask is completing a higher percentage of his passes, is only 40 yards behind Tebow’s Heisman season in terms of yards thrown and Trask has already surpassed the touchdown total. Now, certainly, he doesn’t compare to Tebow in terms of a runner, but throwing the football, Trask is putting up eye-popping numbers. And if Trask throws 35 more passes without an interception he will break Tebow’s school record for most passing attempts without throwing a pick (203).

Kyle Trask’s 2019 season continues to be one of the best that a quarterback has ever had in Florida football history, a history that includes three Heisman winning quarterbacks. His 433 yards on Saturday night gave him three 400-yard games in a single season, the only Florida quarterback to do so in a single season. He also joined Danny Wuerffel as the only other Florida quarterback to have at least three 400-yard games in his career.

Trask’s 38 touchdown passes are one shy of Wuerffel’s school-record 39. Remember, Wuerffel needed 13 games to hit that mark, Trask is shy by one in four less games. Trask also extended his school-record streak of games with three-plus touchdown passes and became the first FBS player in the last 15 seasons to accomplish the feat in nine consecutive games. Trask’s 35 completions Saturday night are the second most in a single game, just behind Rex Grossman, who arguably should have been Florida’s third Heisman winner.

If you averaged out Trask’s performances this year and extrapolated them on to a normal 12-game schedule he would be on pace for 4,323 yards and 50 touchdowns — both school records.

“I already think he should win it,” Florida receiver Trevon Grimes said. “He’s a phenomenal quarterback. Every day I see it in practice, like I say, week in and week out I see it. And just for him to come out under the lights and do what he has to do, and throw four touchdowns and how many other yards he threw for, a lot, it’s just phenomenal to see. I’m very happy for him, and like I said, I think he deserves to win it after everything he’s overcame and all the stuff he’s been through, and to have a season like he’s having, no brainer.”

Trask has two games left. He’s already cemented his place in Gator lore with his backup, turned emergency starter, turned starter, to superstar story. Now he’s focusing on beating LSU and then Alabama and maybe winning a National Championship as if his story wasn’t believable already.

If Trask leads his team past Alabama in the SEC Championship game he should find his place next to Danny Wuerffel forever outside of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

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