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Kyle Trask: The Story of a True Underdog

Kyle Trask
(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

For those who have never heard of him, Kyle Trask is the quarterback at the University of Florida and his story is one that would warm the hearts of football fans around the country.

Born in Manvel, Texas, Trask would spend his high school career playing for Manvel High. Now, playing high school football in Texas is the experience of a lifetime, yet Trask would end up spending most of his career on the sidelines as the backup to now Miami Hurricanes quarterback D’Eriq King. This meant that Trask was left with little in the way of film to impress college scouts and continue to play the sport he loves. Nonetheless, Trask, standing at 6-5 and weighing in at about 210 pounds as a senior, would end up earning a scholarship to play for the Florida Gators, one of the Southeastern Conference’s top programs.

After sitting for most of his first two years in Gainesville, Kyle Trask would finally earn the starting spot for the Gators in 2019. In his first year as a full-time starter, he managed to throw for almost 3000 yards and 25 touchdowns against only 7 interceptions. Considered a mediocre SEC starter, 2020 would prove to be the year that Trask really made a name for himself. Despite two tough conference losses in the past two weeks, the Florida Gators’ 2020 squad looked to be one of the finest football teams that the school has had in a while.

Much of their success can be attributed to the man under centre: Kyle Trask. This season, Trask has managed to throw for 4125 yards, 43 touchdowns versus only 5 interceptions and a 70% completion rate on his way to an SEC Championship appearance against #1 ranked Alabama. While Alabama won that game, it is no small accomplishment to lose by only six points, throwing for over 400 yards and 3 touchdowns against a defence like that. After all, it is difficult to win a game in which your defense did not make a single stop before halftime. It is even more difficult to win that game when you are playing against Saban’s Crimson Tide.

While it will not end with a national championship, Trask’s breakout season is eerily familiar to a certain 1st overall pick, no? A quarterback finds himself as the starter for a top SEC program after overcoming a ton of adversity throughout his career and becomes the finest in the conference after previous mediocre seasons. If you don’t look at this and think of Joe Burrow, I’m not sure how much closer it would have to be. Unfortunately for Trask, this similarity has not carried over to the 2021 NFL Draft projections, however. The general consensus among scouts is that Kyle Trask will be an early day 2 pick at best in a strong draft class that includes Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, Trey Lance, Mac Jones, and Zach Wilson, all of which could conceivably be first-round picks.

Now, to be fair, Joe Burrow’s 2019 season was, statistically, among the best for a quarterback ever, leading the Louisiana State Tigers to a national championship. That being said, Trask’s season is nothing to scoff at either. I am not saying Trask should be the #1 overall pick come April – It is clear that Trevor Lawrence has that spot pretty well locked up. What I am saying is that Trask is an incredible talent at the quarterback position and any team would be lucky to have him. I have no doubt that Trask’s name will be called on day one of the draft, should he be able to put together a strong combine and pro day performance.

Everybody loves a good underdog story; Baker Mayfield, Joe Burrow, and Tom Brady (many years ago) to name a few. Trask’s story is no different. To put it in perspective, a young man who had not started a game since his freshman year of high school and struggled with injuries started in the 2020 SEC championship and is a good combine performance away from being a first-round pick. Kyle Trask’s story shows that being a grinder is just as good as stars or accolades. He trusted the process and it worked.

It doesn’t get any better than that.

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