Kyle Trask, QB #11
Trask is right in the middle of one of the most hotly-contested Heisman Trophy races in recent memory. Maybe ever. And for good reason. He’s currently top-10 in the country in completion percentage (71.4%) and yards/attempt (10.3), as well as top-5 in the country in completions (195) and passing yards (2,810). Oh, and he has more passing touchdowns than anyone else with 34. To boot, he’s played in only eight games, while second, third, and fourth in that category have all played nine.
Needless to say, it’s been a big year for Trask. And now he’s about to go up against a defense that everyone knows can’t defend a slant. He might hit 400 yards and four touchdowns on Saturday. If he does, it’ll probably be thanks to these next two guys.
Kadarius Toney, ??? #1
Toney is listed as an “Athlete” on Florida’s website, a designation normally reserved for recruits. Probably because he can throw, run, and catch. In high school, he finished his senior year with 2,894 passing yards and 32 passing touchdowns to go along with 894 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns.
Nowadays, he doesn’t play a ton of quarterback (only two pass attempts this year), and predominately serves as a receiver. He currently leads the team in receptions (45) and receiving yards (541). He’s also notched 83 rushing yards on 13 carries. Besides Kyle Pitts (more on him in a sec), Toney is one of the better weapons in this offense.
Remember Percy Harvin and the role he played at Florida? How he could run just as well as he could catch, but he wasn’t really a running back or a wide receiver? Think of Toney like a Great Value Percy Harvin.
Kyle Pitts, TE #84
Pitts is one of those newfangled “Really, really hard to defend, gigantic receiving tight ends” in the same vein as Rob Gronkowski and Travis Kelce. He’s only about 15 pounds lighter than both of them, and the same height. And he’s putting up better stats in college than either of them ever did.
Down the seem, there may not be a better/harder to defend target in the country. He’s big, strong, and fast. He might also end up being the first tight end to get a Heisman vote since some guy named Ken MacAfee did it back in ’77.
Pruitt called him “…the most talented guy we’ve played against.” earlier this week. Should be fun watching this Tennessee defense try and slow him down.
Brenton Cox Jr., Edge #1
Despite all the hype they had coming into this season, this Florida defense has been pretty middle of the road, to date. But of everyone in the unit, Cox has been a revelation.
During his time at Georgia, he started one game during their 2018 season. He managed 20 tackles, two tackles for loss, and sack through 11 games. Then, he transferred to Florida in the middle of the 2019 season.
So far this year, he has eight TFLs, 3.5 sacks, and 32 tackles.
The TVA will have their hands full with this guy on Saturday.