The Florida Gators were back in the Swamp last Saturday and blew out one of their most hated rivals. The Florida Gators defeated the Tennessee Volunteers in a 34-3 rout. It was one of the most complete games Florida has played so far into the season. The Florida Gators improved their record to 4-0 with the Towson Tigers coming into town this Saturday. Redshirt-junior quarterback Kyle Trask looked like a seasoned veteran in his first start since his freshman season in high school. The Florida defense also looked great as they force four turnovers, had four sacks and only allowed three points. Here are the five takeaways from the Florida Gators Week 4 win versus the Tennessee Volunteers.
Kyle Trask looked the part
Going into the week, everybody was wondering how the backup quarterback, Kyle Trask, would play in his first career start. The Texas native looked very comfortable and poised, like an experienced quarterback. Trask completed 20 out of 28 passes for 293 yards, two touchdowns, but had two interceptions. He showed Florida fans and the rest of the nation that Florida’s season isn’t over because Feleipe Franks went down with a season-ending injury. The show will go on and Florida will still be reaching for the goals they set in the offseason. Florida’s offense should still run smoothly especially if Trask continues to play like he did against Tennessee.
Kyle Pitts is a defensive mismatch
Kyle Pitts had probably his best game as a Florida Gator last Saturday against the Tennessee Volunteers. Pitts had four receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown on the first drive of the game. His size, speed and hands were no match for any defensive player Tennessee put on him. The Vols had no answer for Pitts as even their best defensive back fell down on a 3rd and long while trying to cover Pitts. With Trask at QB, expect Kyle Pitts’ production to continue to improve as Trask likes to throw over the middle and that’s where Pitts does his best work. Pitts might be Trask’s favorite target by the end of the season.
Florida’s defense played at an elite level
The Florida Gators defense continues to shine as they took advantage and dominate the Tennessee offense. In the first two home games of the season, the Florida Gators have only allowed three points. Jon Greenard continues to dominate offenses every time he steps on the field. Not only was he getting to quarterback constantly, Greenard also forced a fumble and had three pass breakups. The Florida defensive end stopped Tennessee’s rushing attack forcing them to be one dimensional and throw against the Gators secondary. Tennessee QB Jarrett Guarantano was picked off twice in the first half as freshman QB Brian Maurer also threw an interception against Florida’s secondary. With Florida’s defense playing like this, the Gators will constantly be in games thanks to their defense.
Marco Wilson looked like his old self
In the first three games of the season, redshirt-sophomore Marco Wilson didn’t look like himself. The former four-star recruit missed all of last season due to a torn ACL and was still trying to shake off the rust. Against Tennessee, Marco Wilson had his best game and looked like the player everybody remembered his freshman year. Wilson caught his first career interception and also broke up a pass which led to Amari Burney’s interception. It was great to see Wilson play at such a high level once again. Florida’s secondary is already scary and C.J. Henderson will be back fairly soon.
One of the few negatives from the Florida blowout win against Tennessee was the fumbles. Florida fumbled twice in the game and both times they were recovered by Tennessee. Luckily, the first one didn’t count since the Tennessee player step out of bounds before recovering the fumble. In just a few short plays, Trask held on to the ball a little too long and was stripped sack as Tennessee got the ball in the red zone. Florida’s defense was able to save them as Trey Dean picked off Guarantano in the end zone. The fumbling cannot become an issue for the Gators offense. Florida has already lost about four fumbles this early in the season. Ball security will surely be a vocal point in the practice this week. We’ll see how the Gators do next game when it comes to ball security.