The Florida Gators got their first true road win of the season as they defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 29-21. The Gators improved their record to 3-0 as they extend their seven game winning streak. Saturday’s win came at a high cost as the Florida Gators will lose Feleipe Franks for the season due to a dislocated ankle. Backup quarterback Kyle Trask came in the game led Florida to a big comeback victory against Kentucky. Trask did a great job of leading Florida to victory but there’s still a lot that needs to be cleaned up. Here are five observations for Florida in their Week 3 win versus the Kentucky Wildcats.
Offensive line regressed
Going into the week, the run blocking was an issue for the Gators as they couldn’t get the run game going. In the Kentucky game, the offensive line took a big step backwards and almost cost Florida the game. They are still have a ton of issues with run blocking but their pass protection regressed. Florida’s O-line did a good job protecting the QB in the first two games but that wasn’t the case last Saturday. The offensive line really needs to improve and improve quickly. Florida is approaching the toughest part of their schedule and a weak offensive line isn’t going to give them a chance of winning. Either make changes or these guys need to start playing harder because it’s up to them if Florida wants to have another good season.
Kyle Pitts is TE1
The Florida Gators lost their top two tight ends from last season and looked at sophomore tight end Kyle Pitts to become the tight end leader. In the Kentucky game, Pitts played very well and was a key contributor on offense. Pitts had four receptions for 63 yards against the Kentucky Wildcats. Lucas Krull and the other tight ends haven’t made any contributions so far this season and it shows that Pitts is clearly Florida’s tight end. With Trask at quarterback, Pitts should get more targets and play even a bigger role in the offense. His size and speed makes him a mismatch especially in the red zone. He does need to improve his blocking in order to help open running lanes for his running backs.
Kyle Trask looked poised and confident
The former three-star recruit, Kyle Trask, was thrown into the fire Saturday night as his team was down by 11 in the game. Florida needed him to lead the Gators to victory and that’s exactly what he did. Trask completed nine of thirteen passes for 126 yards and a rushing touchdown. The Gators scored nineteen unanswered points and were able to steal a win away from Kentucky. Many people were impressed how comfortable and poised the backup quarterback looked leading his team to victory on the road. With Feleipe Franks done for the season, this is Trask’s offense and he will need to continue to play at a high level. Dan Mullen and Trask’s teammates have faith in their quarterback and also believe the goals they set in the offseason are still attainable.
Shawn Davis NEEDS to start
Besides David Reese, the best player on Florida’s defense last Saturday night was safety Shawn Davis. The Miami native had a coming out party against the Wildcats with four tackles (all solo) and two interceptions. Davis has been Florida’s best safety all season and shouldn’t be rotating as much as he currently is. He has proven everybody that he’s a playmaker and also the most consistent safety on the roster. Brad Stewart and Shawn Davis should be the starting safeties with Jeawon Taylor and Donovan Stiner coming in when one of the two safeties needs a breather.
Marco Wilson doesn’t look like his old self
One of the key returners on Florida’s defense was cornerback Marco Wilson. The redshirt-sophomore was one of the best young defensive backs in the country as a freshman. Last season, Wilson’s season was cut short due to a torn ACL in the second game of the season. There were a lot of high expectation for Wilson especially with C.J. Henderson on the other side. Henderson was out last game with an ankle injury so, Wilson was the #1 corner but didn’t play like it. Wilson was getting beat even though he was in position multiple times to make a play. He did have some bad luck but Wilson also struggled making tackles. It seems like Wilson might still be a little rusty after missing almost all of last season. There’s still a lot of people that believe Wilson will get back on track as the season continues.