UF Football: Trask Headed to Tampa Bay, Drafted in the Second Round
Courtesy of University Athletic Association
BY RICK HURTADO
Trask is the first Gators QB drafted since Tim Tebow in 2010 and the eighth in school history
Former Gators quarterback Kyle Trask was selected in the second round (No. 64 overall) of this year’s NFL Draft Friday night by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, becoming the first Florida quarterback to be drafted since Tim Tebow in 2010.
Trask is the fifth-highest drafted Gators quarterback and the eighth in school history. Additionally, he is the first Florida quarterback to be selected in the second round.
“I am just super excited for this opportunity,” Trask said during a Zoom call following his selection. “I had some great conversations with a lot of the offensive coaches … they believed in me enough to give me this opportunity and they’re going to get everything I’ve got.”
A 2020 Heisman Trophy finalist, Trask produced one of the most historic seasons in Florida history.
The Manvel, Texas native led the FBS with a total of 46 touchdowns and 43 touchdown passes, while ranking second in passing yards with 4,283 last year.
His 43 touchdown passes broke Danny Wuerffel’s 24-year-old school record of 39 and tied him for third on the SEC single-season record list. Meanwhile, his 4,283 passing yards broke Rex Grossman’s single-season school record (3,896 in 2001), ranked second on the SEC single-season record list, and was one of six 4,000-yard passing seasons in SEC history.
“He had a lot of receiving entities to throw to (at Florida), he took advantage of it. I liked the improvement he showed from 2019 to 2020,” said ESPN Football Analyst Mel Kiper Jr. “His willingness to hang tough in the pocket is evident, game in and game out. His touch on deep throws is excellent.”