The injury sustained by former Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks, now at Arkansas, was one of the most gruesome in the entire 2019 college football season.
The silver lining for Dan Mullen and Florida was the unearthing of Kyle Trask, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound signal-caller with a howitzer for a right arm. While he doesn’t use his legs as much as most Mullen quarterbacks, the Florida passing game was humming along with Trask, who threw for 2,941 yards, 25 touchdowns and seven picks at the helm last year.
Trask will also have no shortage of weapons to throw to this season. Trevon Grimes looks poised to make the leap from good to great, Kadarius Toney might be one of the most electric jitterbugs in the country, and Kyle Pitts might be the first tight end drafted in 2021.
The normally stout Gator defense has a few questions to answer this year, as pass rushers Jonathan Greenard and Jabari Zuniga are in the NFL with the Texans and Jets, respectively. Even with the defense losing some stars, they have a few young stud recruits ready to establish themselves.
Georgia transfer Brenton Cox is expected to take over a starting linebacker job and become a star in short order, while top cornerback recruit Kaiir Elam should be a Day 1 starter as a freshman.
With the always aggressive Todd Grantham at the controls on defense and Trask starring on offense, Florida has the pieces needed for a title run.