At the end of May, Head Coach Todd Bowles spoke to the media concerning a number of topics. One of those topics was the quarterback in waiting/training Kyle Trask. It’s been said already that Trask’s accuracy has looked good during early pre-season workouts. Bucs head coach Todd Bowles carried that discussion out a little further when he had this to say:
“Well, his accuracy has been good. Again we’re in shorts and t-shirts. So, they know they aren’t going to get hit – the accuracy is going to be good from every quarterback. But he’s picking up the scheme well – he’s making all the right reads right now. We’re getting to see him in some competitive periods that are making him make some quick decisions, and we like what we see”.
It sounds like Trask is picking up the scheme and implementing it well with his decision-making in simulated game situations. To those who are familiar with Kyle Trask and his football history, this comes as no surprise. He’s always been the guy, the backup waiting for his chance to shine when the time comes.
In high school, he sat behind the ultra-talented eventual University of Houston and then Miami Hurricane Quarterback D’Eriq King. As a matter of fact, King was the player that the University of Florida’s recruiters were in Texas to see when one of them spotted Trask making some throws and enquired about his identity and story. Eventually, that visit to Trasks high school practice field would culminate in Trask becoming a Gator.
Trask would again be the backup after his arrival in Gainesville. This time behind current Atlanta Falcon Feliepe Franks. As fate would have it, Franks went down to injury, and Trask, having waited two seasons already, stepped in and never looked back. Franks would soon transfer to Arkansas as Trask set school records on his eventual way to leading the nation in touchdowns his senior season. He finished the season just missing out on the Heisman Trophy and almost beating eventual National Champion Alabama in the SEC Championship game, running out of time to finish the comeback he was heroically leading.
So, Kyle Trask is no stranger to being patient and preparing himself for his time to shine. He knows his time, and his chance is coming with the Buccaneers. Kyle Trask is a student of the game, a cerebral kid that throws accurately and doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. For Trask to fail would be the end that did not fit into his storyline with what he has proven so far playing quarterback. He has a lot of doubters among the fanbase. Much of that can be traced to the fact that UF hasn’t produced a big NFL success story at quarterback, despite all three of their Heisman winners have been at the position. To me, all that says is that it’s time to put that narrative to bed. Kyle will continue to soak up what Tom Brady has to give him until that day comes when he does what comes naturally to him. Step in and lead at a high level. Go Bucs!!