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Florida QB Kyle Trask making terrible lasting impression before draft with 3 INTs in Cotton Bowl

Kyle Trask, Florida, Cotton Bowl

Wednesday night’s Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic marks the final collegiate game for Florida Gators quarterback Kyle Trask, along with his last competitive national television showcase before the 2021 NFL Draft.

Unfortunately for Trask, things have gone about poorly as he could have imagined.

The Florida passer tossed three first-quarter interceptions in the matchup against the No. 7 ranked Oklahoma Sooners, including a pick-six on his second passing attempt of the game. Within three minutes of kickoff and already down 7-0, Trask was intercepted by Sooners defensive back Tre Norwood, who returned the errant throw 45 yards to pay-dirt.

Minutes later, Trask’s pass over the middle sailed behind his intended receiver, then was tipped and picked off by Oklahoma linebacker Brian Asamoah, who ran it back 29 yards into Sooners territory.

As if things couldn’t get any worse, Trask threw a horrible red-zone interception to cornerback Woodi Washington to complete the worst six minutes of his season.

Kyle Trask completed 14 of 24 passes for 144 yards, zero touchdowns and three picks. Amid his first-half woes, Florida head coach Dan Mullen pulled his senior quarterback for sophomore Emory Jones in the second quarter.

Jones completed five of his first eight passes for 73 yards, and ran for 31 yards on five carries. After scoring the Gators’ first touchdown of the game, Jones promptly vomited all over the AT&T Stadium field.

Trask was voted as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy after throwing for 4,125 yards, 43 touchdowns, and five interceptions in 2020, leading the Gators to an 8-3 record and first place in the SEC East.

ESPN currently ranks Trask—a 6’5″, 244-pound pocket passer—as the No. 6 QB in the 2021 NFL Draft and No. 68 overall prospect. He’s generally projected as a second-round pick. Hopefully, for his sake, his Cotton Bowl performance won’t damage his draft position too drastically.

At the time of writing, Oklahoma leads No. 6 ranked Florida, 31-13, at halftime in Dallas.