The 6-1 Florida Gators are trending towards an SEC Championship Game matchup against Alabama. A win in Atlanta would all but secure a spot in the College Football Playoff. Here are a few names to remember as the Cats fly south on Saturday:
Quarterback Kyle Trask – The SEC’s leading passer has played himself into the Heisman Trophy discussion. Trask is completing 71% of his passes and has thrown 31 touchdown passes to go along with just 3 interceptions. He’s racked up 2,554 passing yards in seven games. Highly accurate, the senior quarterback is surrounded by talented pass catchers and an aggressive head coach that also calls the offensive plays.
Receiver Kadarius Toney – Trask’s top target has 42 catches for 503 yards. He primarily operates out of the slot and will be active in jet sweep actions and other creative manners to get the football into the playmakers hands. Toney is averaging 12 yards per reception and has scored 7 receiving touchdowns.
Tight End Kyle Pitts has missed the Gators’ two previous games following a nasty collision against Georgia. He is expected to play against Kentucky. Pitts is a matchup nightmare and considered the top tight end in relation to the upcoming NFL Draft and is a scoreboard-changing pass catcher. He currently has 24 catches for 414 yards and 8 touchdowns.
Linebacker Ventrell Miller is Florida’s leading tackler. The All-SEC linebacker registered 47 stops, 4.5 tackles for loss, 2 pass breakups, 1 QB hurry and 1.5 QB sacks in 2020. The 6’1, 230-pound junior from Lakeland, Florida is the quarterback of the Gator defense.
Defensive End Brenton Cox Jr. is a Georgia transfer and is the team’s leader in Havoc stats. He’s accumulated 28 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 3 QB sacks and 11 QB hurries. Cox Jr. is a disruptive force and can be a drive killer with early down, negative yardage plays.
Cornerback Kaiir Elam is an All-SEC performer and has been active in pass coverage. The 6’2, 193-pound sophomore has recorded 23 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 2 interceptions and 9 pass breakups.
Kicker Evan McPherson has connected on 9/10 field goal attempts with a long of 55-yards.
Returner Kadarius Toney is dangerous on special teams. The elusive returner averages 22-yards per kickoff return and 10 on punts.
Florida is a highly talented group with a quarterback that is deeply involved in the Heisman Trophy race on a team that is trying to impress the College Football Playoff Committee with high scoring wins. Quarterback Kyle Trask is elite and can open up a game quickly if given time in the pocket. The Gator pass catchers are plentiful and dangerous.
The Florida defense is the SEC’s leader in Havoc stats. The Gators have 21 QB sacks and 46 tackles for loss in 2020. Dan Mullen’s team averages 44.7-points per game and allows 28. On paper, UF gives up 141 yards on the ground compared to 268 vs. the pass.