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UF Football: Trask Finishes 4th in 2020 Heisman Trophy Voting

Kyle Trask prior to the start of the 2020 Heisman Trophy Ceremony.

Courtesy of University Athletic Association

BY ZACH DIRLAM

Trask’s fourth-place finish is the highest since Tim Tebow placed fifth in 2009

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Gators quarterback Kyle Trask finished fourth in the 2020 Heisman Trophy voting, as announced Tuesday night during the 86th annual Heisman Trophy Ceremony Presented by Nissan.

Trask’s fourth-place finish marks the seventh time in history Florida had a top-four finisher in the Heisman voting. The only Gators to previously accomplish the feat are Steve Spurrier (1966), Danny Wuerffel (1995, 1996), Rex Grossman (2001), and Tim Tebow (2007, 2008).

Additionally, Gators tight end Kyle Pitts finished 10th in this year’s voting, becoming the first tight end to finish in the top 10 since Notre Dame’s Ken MacAfee in 1977.

Alabama WR DeVonta Smith won the Heisman with 1,856 points in the voting. Trevor Lawrence earned 1,187 points, Mac Jones earned 1,130 points, and Kyle Trask earned 737 points.

Florida’s All-Time Finishes in Heisman Trophy Balloting

  *   Steve Spurrier, Quarterback (1965) – 9th
  *   Steve Spurrier, Quarterback (1966) – Winner
  *   Jimmy DuBose, Fullback (1975) – 6th
  *   Wes Chandler, Wide Receiver (1977) – 10th
  *   Emmitt Smith, Running Back (1987) – 9th
  *   Emmitt Smith, Running Back (1989) – 7th
  *   Shane Matthews, Quarterback (1991) – 5th
  *   Danny Wuerffel, Quarterback (1995) – 3rd
  *   Danny Wuerffel, Quarterback (1996) – Winner
  *   Rex Grossman, Quarterback (2001) – 2nd
  *   Tim Tebow, Quarterback (2007) – Winner
  *   Tim Tebow, Quarterback (2008) – 3rd
  *   Tim Tebow, Quarterback (2009) – 5th
  *   Kyle Trask, Quarterback (2020) – 4th
  *   Kyle Pitts, Tight End (2020) – 10th

The Heisman Trust named Trask one of four finalists on Dec. 24, 2020, which made him the fifth finalist in Gators history. The Heisman Trophy established groups of finalists in 1982, joining Trask with Emmitt Smith (1988), Wuerffel (1995, 1996), Grossman (2001), and Tebow (2007, 2008, 2009) as the only finalists in school history.

By The Numbers – Trask’s Record-Breaking Season

46 – Total Touchdowns

  *   Four more than any other FBS player in 2020
  *   Tied for sixth on the SEC single-season record list
  *   Second only to Tim Tebow’s 55 in 2007 on Florida’s single-season record list

43 – Passing Touchdowns

  *   Seven more than any other FBS player in 2020
  *   Tied for third on the SEC single-season record list, trailing only Missouri’s Drew Lock (44 in 13 games in 2017) and LSU’s Joe Burrow (60 in 15 games in 2019)
  *   Broke Danny Wuerffel’s school record of 39 from his 12-game 1996 season (although bowl stats were not counted for records prior to 2002, Trask also eclipsed Wuerffel’s bowl-adjusted season total of 42)

4,283 – Passing Yards

  *   Led all FBS players by 247 yards
  *   Ranks second on the SEC single-season record list, only trailing LSU’s Joe Burrow (5,671 in 15 games in 2019)
  *   Marks the fifth 4,000-yard passing season in SEC history
  *   Broke Rex Grossman’s school record of 3,896 from his 11-game 2001 season (although bowl stats were not included, Trask also eclipsed Grossman’s bowl-adjusted total of 4,144)

356.9 – Passing Yards Per Game

  *   Ranked second nationally and led the third-ranked passer by 20 yards per game
  *   Third-highest single-season average in SEC history, only behind Kentucky’s Tim Couch (388.6 in 1998) and LSU’s Joe Burrow (378.1 in 2019)
  *   Broke the school record established by Rex Grossman (354.2 in 2001)

180.02 – Passing Efficiency

  *   Ranks sixth on the FBS single-season record list (minimum of 30 attempts per game)
  *   Ranked seventh in the FBS this season, but first among players averaging at least 30 attempts per game
  *   Broke Danny Wuerffel’s school record of 178.4 from the 1995 season
  *   Propelled him to a 168.53 career rating, which ranks eighth in FBS history (minimum 500 completions)
     *   His career figure also ranks second in school history, behind Tim Tebow’s 170.8

68.9 – Completion Percentage

  *   Ranks fifth on the SEC single-season record list (minimum of 250 completions)
  *   Broke Tim Tebow’s single-season school record of 67.8 percent from 2009 (minimum of 200 completions)
  *   Propelled him to a career completion percentage of 67.8 percent – which ranks third in SEC history (minimum 500 completions) and breaks Tebow’s school record of 66.4 percent (minimum 400 completions)

7 – Games with Four-Plus Passing Touchdowns

  *   One of 10 FBS players since 2000 (and one of two this year) with seven such games in a season
  *   Broke the single-season school record previously established by Danny Wuerffel (five in 1995 and 1996)
  *   Included two games of six passing touchdowns (at Ole Miss, vs. Arkansas), making him one of five SEC players in history with multiple games of six passing touchdowns in a season

5 – 400-Yard Passing Games

  *   Led all FBS players
  *   The only SEC player since at least the start of 1996 with five 400-yard passing games in a season
  *   Broke the single-season school record jointly held by Rex Grossman (two in 2001) and Danny Wuerffel (two in 1996)
  *   Included two outings of 474 passing yards (vs. Georgia and LSU), which are tied for second on Florida’s single-game record list

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