Patient Kyle Trask finally getting his chance with Gators

Florida quarterback Kyle Trask gets a lift from left tackle Stone Forsythe last Saturday night after Trask's 4-yard touchdown run with 4:11 remaining gave the Gators a 22-21 lead in their eventual 29-21 win at Kentucky. / Florida photo by Tim Casey

New Florida starting quarterback Kyle Trask will not be wearing a leather helmet during Saturday afternoon's game against visiting Tennessee, but would anybody be surprised if he did?

Amid a Southeastern Conference landscape in which seven graduate transfer quarterbacks have started at least one game this season and traditional transfers such as Jacob Eason and Justin Fields already had bid farewell to the league, Trask is the ultimate throwback. The 6-foot-5, 234-pound redshirt junior from Manvel, Texas, has worked his way from fourth to first on the depth chart during his stay in Gainesville, ascending to starting status last Saturday night when Feleipe Franks suffered a season-ending dislocated ankle.

The Gators trailed Kentucky 21-10 when Franks went down late in the third quarter, but Trask led Florida to 19 unanswered points and a 29-21 triumph.