Gators freshman QB Kyle Trask impressing early with “dimes” and “pretty ball”

The Gators’ 2016 recruiting class included two quarterbacks.

Gators freshman quarterback Kyle Trask has impressed this spring. (UAA Communications photo by Tim Casey)

Gators freshman quarterback Kyle Trask has impressed this spring. (UAA Communications photo by Tim Casey)

Four-star quarterback Feleipe Franks garnered most of the attention as the higher-rated prospect of the two. But three-star quarterback Kyle Trask is turning heads this spring.

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Both freshmen are taking part in spring practice after enrolling early. Although Trask is an obvious redshirt candidate this season, his arm is impressing teammates and coaches.

“I love Trask,” Gators cornerback Jalen Tabor said to the media Tuesday. “Pretty ball. He has the prettiest ball. It’s different when you get under the live bullets in the SEC. Guys like Dante Fowler, Jarvis Jones coming after you. Can you still step up in the pocket and deliver a ball to help your team win? That’s the only question I have for him.”

At 6-foot-4, 227 pounds, Trask brings the size head coach Jim McElwain likes to see in his quarterbacks.

“As far as just the eye test, the kid is big and he can throw,” Tabor said of Trask. “I tried to bait him into one play in the scrimmage and he baited me. He threw it right over my head, I’m like, ‘Oh, I thought I had it,’ but he put it right on a dime. He can definitely drop dimes.”

Trask flew under the radar during the recruiting process after spending his senior high school season as the backup quarterback behind Houston signee D’Eriq King. But Trask still managed to throw for 10 touchdowns and zero interceptions despite only throwing 64 passes as a senior.

“If you look at his production when he played, if you just turned on the film when he played in the games and looked at his production, it’s pretty darn good now,” Gators offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier said of Trask. “And you look at the decision making, you look at the size, arm strength, accuracy, and you say, ‘What box aren’t you checking, what are we missing here?'”

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