Kirby Smart concerned with Florida QB Kyle Trask and Gators’ pass game
Georgia coach Kirby Smart knows the Bulldogs defense figures to have its hands full in Florida next Saturday.
The No. 7-ranked Gators (7-1, 4-1 SEC) have been on a roll entering into next Saturday’s game against No. 10-ranked Georgia at 3:30 p.m. in Jacksonville.
Florida quarterback Kyle Trask is a big reason behind Florida’s momentum.
“He’s a good quarterback,” Smart said on the SEC coaches teleconference last week. “He’s more athletic than you think he is, he does a good job running it.”
Trask, a 6-foo-5, 239-pound redshirt junior from Manvel, Texas, has proven he can extend plays with his running ability.
Trask’s confidence and efficiency has been growing, too. He has 11 touchdown passes and just two interceptions over the past four games.
“Kyle, since the day I got here, he’s worked on his development,” Gators coach Dan Mullen said. “So he constantly did that to get ready to play. So when his number was called, he was ready to get on the field and go perform.”
Trask ranks third in the SEC and 19th in the nation with a 159.2 pass efficiency rating.
Smart has taken note, well-aware Florida has a great supporting cast for its quarterback, too.
“Kyle has done a tremendous job coming in and taking over and not skipping a beat,” Smart said. “As you look across the board, they have a really veteran receiver group, probably one of the best wide receiver group, if you include the tight end in that, probably in the country.”
Indeed, tight end Kyle Pitts is Florida’s leading receiver with 35 catches for 391 yards and 4 touchdowns, and he figures to be a tough matchup for Georgia.
Senior Freddie Swain (21-339) and Redshirt senior Van Jefferson (27-331) are two of the more experienced and crafty wideouts in the league and figure to be two of Trask’s favorite targets against the Bulldogs.
Swain was Florida’s leading receiver against UGA last season with 38 yards receiving, including a 36-yard TD grab that gave the Gators a short-lived 14-13 lead in a game Georgia won 36-17.
The 2019 Bulldogs ranked 8th in the nation in pass efficiency defense entering the Oct. 26 weekend.