De la Torre reports that Trask injured the knee late in Florida’s spring camp, and played with the injury in Florida’s spring game, but is expected to be “sidelined” for four to six weeks in the wake of his surgery.
As Florida’s spring practices concluded with the spring game, that means Trask would mostly be sidelined from the unofficial team activities and conditioning that comprise much of the late spring for Gators players. A six-week recovery would still put Trask in line to return to the battle for Florida’s starting quarterback position, where he lags behind fellow freshman Feleipe Franks, by late May or early June.
Trask struggled in Florida’s spring game, going 4-for-13 for 31 yards and tossing one interception, but he also played primarily with the Gators’ second-team offense, and looked significantly less poised than he did in Florida’s 2016 spring game, when he outplayed a struggling Franks.
Gators coach Jim McElwain said Franks was “ahead” in Florida’s quarterback derby after that game last Friday, and Franks is widely presumed to be Florida’s likely starter, but Trask could still challenge for the role, and is probably very much in the mix to be Florida’s backup come fall.
The Gators’ only returning quarterback with collegiate experience, after all, is Luke Del Rio, whose late-season struggles and multiple offseason surgeries have shuffled him back to the pack.
And while Florida will add signee Jake Allen and could add Notre Dame graduate transfer Malik Zaire, who continues to be in limbo thanks to an SEC rule currently preventing Florida from taking graduate transfers in football thanks to the academic failings of past graduate transfers, Trask is one of just three players — along with Franks and Del Rio — to spend more than a year with McElwain and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier.