Trask Named to Maxwell Award Watch List

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Trask is one of five SEC quarterbacks named to this year’s Maxwell Award Watch List

Gators quarterback Kyle Trask was named to the watch list for the 84th Maxwell Award, the Maxwell Football Club announced Friday.

The Manvel, Texas, native led the Gators to an 11-2 record in 2019 after stepping in to take over Florida’s offense at the start of the fourth quarter during UF’s victory over Kentucky. Trask finished the season with 237 of 354 passes completed (66.9%) for 2,941 yards, 25 touchdown throws and only seven interceptions (156.09 rtg).

Trask was one of only 27 FBS quarterbacks to have at least 25 touchdown passes in 2019, while his 156.09 passer rating was the ninth-highest rating for a season in school history and the highest by a Gator since Tebow’s nation-leading 164.2 in 2009.

Regarded as one of the top returning quarterbacks in the SEC, Trask became the first Gator to record three-plus touchdown passes in consecutive outings against conference opponents after throwing for three at LSU and following it up with a career-high four touchdowns at South Carolina.

Trask is one of 39 signal-callers nationwide to make the 90-player list and one of five SEC quarterbacks, joining Mississippi State’s K.J. Costello, Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond, Georgia’s Jamie Newman and Auburn’s Bo Nix.

Presented annually to the most outstanding player in college football, the Maxwell Award is named in honor of Robert “Tiny” Maxwell, a former standout at the Swarthmore College and a renowned sports writer and football official.

The 2020 Maxwell Award winner will be unveiled live on ESPN Thursday, Dec. 10, during The Home Depot College Football Awards.

Trask’s appearance on this year’s Maxwell Award Watch List is his second this preseason and the ninth among Florida players.