Florida quarterback Kyle Trask declared for the NFL Draft Thursday afternoon, making the announcement through a video via Twitter.
“It’s been everything to be a Gator,” Trask says to begin the announcement.
The signal-caller goes on to reminisce on his unlikely journey to playing for the orange and blue quickly and thank the fans for their support and before finally sharing his intentions of moving to the professional level.
“I’ve had dreams of playing in NFL ever since I was a kid so just to have this opportunity to play at the next level, it’s crazy,” Trask said.
The Heisman finalist will leave behind a short legacy but an excellent one nonetheless. In just 22 starts across two years, the Texas native won 16 games, including a pair of top-ten wins and an Orange Bowl victory. He threw for 7,386 yards (good enough for eight in school history) and 69 touchdowns (sixth all-time).
His 2020 campaign was one for the record books. He broke the program’s single-season passing yards (4,283) and touchdowns (43) in an abbreviated all-conference schedule. He led the Gators to a win over rival Georgia and a trip to the SEC Championship game, both for the first time in four years. He threw for 474 yards twice (vs. Georgia and LSU), second all-time for a single game and became the first Florida quarterback to throw six touchdowns twice in a season (vs. Ole Miss and Arkansas).
Trask was named second-team All-SEC for the 2020 season and a second-team All-American by the Associated Press.