Why face one Heisman contender on the road when you can face TWO Heisman contenders on the road? In back to back weeks!
It’s the scenario ahead for Kentucky Football as the Wildcats will get Heisman second-favorite Mac Jones at Alabama this coming Saturday followed by Heisman favorite Kyle Trask at Florida one Saturday later. The Cats’ next two opposing quarterbacks are No. 1 and 2 on the new Heisman odds board, released Monday.
Kyle Trask, Florida QB 3/2
Mac Jones, Alabama QB 2/1
Justin Fields, Ohio State QB 3/1
Trevor Lawrence, Clemson QB 13/4
Zach Wilson, BYU QB 33/1
D’Eriq King, Miami QB 66/1
Ian Book, Notre Dame QB 66/1
Kellen Mond, Texas A&M QB 66/1
Jones leads the SEC in pass completions, yards and completion percentage, and has the Crimson Tide staring down yet another SEC title and College Football Playoff invitation. A former UK commit, Jones flipped his school of choice from Kentucky to Alabama in June of 2016, and the decision turned out to be the right one.
When asked about his former recruiting target, Mark Stoops said, “We felt like there was a bright future for him and he has certainly proven us right. I wish he was here, but we still really love Mac and his family, a great young man and it’s really good to see him doing so well and playing at such a high level.”
After Jones, it is breakout star Kyle Trask in Gainesville awaiting Kentucky in the ninth game of the season. A familiar name to Big Blue Nation as well, Trask stepped in for Feleipe Franks after Franks suffered an injury in last year’s UK-Florida game in Lexington. Trask’s offense scored 19 unanswered to win the game and Trask has been Florida’s guy ever since.
This year Trask is drawing Joe Burrow comparisons for his ascension in college football and he has the statistics to back it up. Trask has 28 touchdowns through six games, more than Burrow did in his record-breaking 2019, and he is doing it against SEC-only competition. Last week he played only three quarters and still threw for 356 yards and six touchdowns against Arkansas.
So coming out of an all-around bad performance against Vanderbilt and true freshman quarterback Ken Seals, Kentucky’s defense has a handful of practices to figure out how it can slow down Mac Jones and the Alabama machine. As we discussed on this week’s KSR Football Podcast, do the guys in UK’s secondary want to be on Jones’ highlight package when they’re discussing the pros or the cons of his game? They can play like they did against Vandy and they’ll see themselves getting torched in his draft night highlights, or they can seize this opportunity and make their own highlights against one of the two best QBs in college football.
This situation exists both this Saturday and next.