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Friday, January 15, 2021

Kyle Trask declares for 2021 NFL Draft

Trask shared his appreciation for Florida and dreams of playing in the NFL

<p>Gators quarterback Kyle Trask, who is a finalist for the Heisman after a record season, declared for the NFL Draft Thursday. Photo from the Florida-Auburn game in October 2019.</p>

Gators quarterback Kyle Trask, who is a finalist for the Heisman after a record season, declared for the NFL Draft Thursday. Photo from the Florida-Auburn game in October 2019.

On the last day of 2020, Gators quarterback Kyle Trask shared his next step — declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft.

In slightly more than two minutes, Trask reflected on his time at Florida and shared his aspirations in a video posted to Twitter. A subtle piano track played as he explained that he consulted with coaches, family, friends and his support group about his future.

“I’ve had dreams of playing in the NFL ever since I was a kid,” the Manvel, Texas native said. “So, just to have this opportunity to play at the next level, it’s crazy.”

But Trask’s success in Florida came late into his career.

Throughout high school, Trask was a backup quarterback. His early career mirrored this as Trask didn’t start in any Gator games until former quarterback Feleipe Franks’ season-ending right leg injury in 2019. In 12 games that season, he threw for 2,941 yards and 25 total touchdowns en route to winning the Orange Bowl. He became the starter after Franks’ transfer to Arkansas

The redshirt senior is a finalist for the Heisman, leading the country in touchdown passes (43) and passing yards per game (375). He’s the only FBS player with five 400-yard games this season, and the first player in SEC history and fourth FBS quarterback to throw four or more touchdown passes in each of his first six games this year. 

“I’ll always be a Gator,” he said. “I’ll always bleed orange and blue.”

Contact Grethel Aguila at gaguila@alligator.org and follow her on Twitter @GrethelAguila

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