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Hot Read: Trask, Gators Put on Show

By BJ Bennett
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Florida routs Arkansas 63-35.

1. Wow. What a showing from Florida against a good Arkansas team. Boosted by a 28-point second quarter, the Gators absolutely overwhelmed the Razorbacks with 63 total points. Quarterback Kyle Trask was exceptional once again, throwing six more touchdown passes. He completed 23-of-29 passes for 356 yards, with two touchdown passes to Treon Grimes and two scores to Keon Zipperer in spreading the ball all over the field. Florida, in all, compiled nearly 600 yards of total offense with 36 total first downs. The Gators were 9-of-12 on third downs. Dan Mullen's offense, led by Trask, put on an offensive clinic.

2. Kyle Trask has to be considered the current Heisman Trophy frontrunner after Saturday's signature showing. He was near perfect against Arkansas, with as many touchdown passes as incompletions with six. Trask was relentless in throwing the football downfield, averaging over 12 yards per attempt. His production came against a defense that entered the weekend ranked second in the SEC in pass defense and leading the league in opponent passer rating. Trask looked like the best player in the country.

3. Even without all-everything tight end Kyle Pitts, Florida's playmakers were still on full display. Kadarius Toney and Trevon Grimes combined for 13 receptions, with Grimes topping the 100-yard mark and scoring twice. He, Keon Zipperer, Xzavier Henderson, Jacob Copeland and Justin Shorter all caught touchdown passes. The Gators are as deep as any team in the country on the perimeter.

4. Florida's defense was in attack mode. The Gators compiled four sacks, eight tackles for loss and Zachary Carter scored on a 35-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Though Arkansas scored 35 points, two of those touchdowns came in the fourth quarter once the game was well out of reach.

5. It was good to see Feleipe Franks receive such a warm welcome back. After helping lead Florida to ten wins in Dan Mullen's debut, earning Offensive MVP honors in the Peach Bowl along the way, Franks deserves to be remembered fondly in Gainesville. His current play has been invaluable for Arkansas. Franks helped elevate both of the programs on display on Saturday night.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports