Florida’s 2020 offense was nothing short of historic, setting all kinds of records for points and yards accumulated throughout various numbers of games. As a result, it’s no surprise that two different members of that offense heard their names called when ESPN listed the top ten of the Heisman Trophy voting tonight.
Kyle Pitts, arguably the best tight end in Gator football history, finished tenth in the voting. Despite missing three and a half games in an already shortened season, Pitts reeled in twelve touchdown receptions- the seventh most in a single season in Florida history. Also in those seven and a half games that he did play, Pitts caught 43 passes for 770 yards.
We don’t know where exactly the other Gator to finish in the top ten of the voting sits in the voting, because he’s been named as a finalist. That’s right, Kyle Trask has been named as a Heisman Trophy finalist- Florida’s first finalist since Tim Tebow made three straight trips to New York for the presentation from 2007-09.
Trask, of course, has a very strong case to win it. He’s already set new school records in 2020 for both touchdown passes (43) and passing yards (4,125), in a shortened season mind you (and not that this matters for the Heisman, but he still has a chance to build on those in the Cotton Bowl). None of Florida’s three losses were his fault, and he played more than well enough to win against Alabama in the SEC Championship Game.
The winner will be announced on January 5th in a virtual ceremony. Trask is one of four finalists, along with Alabama receiver DeVonta Smith, his quarterback Mac Jones and Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.