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Florida Gators redshirt freshman quarterback Kyle Trask is expected to miss a month after undergoing surgery Wednesday on a torn meniscus, the team announced. Junior linebacker Camrin Knight also had a knee procedure Wednesday and will undergo another on his other knee next month.
Both should be cleared for fall practice.
Along with releasing the Trask and Knight surgeries, Florida noted that redshirt senior defensive end Jordan Sherit and redshirt freshman wide receiver Rick Wells are the only two of the 19 scholarship players who missed at least a portion of spring practice due to injury who need to be evaluated closer to the start of fall practice. The other 15, plus Trask and Knight, should be ready to play when class resumes.
Head coach Jim McElwain also announced that Senior defensive backs Duke Dawson and Joseph Putu, redshirt junior TE Moral Stephens and sophomore WR Tyrie Cleveland suffered “minor injuries” during the 2017 Orange & Blue Debut but will all “recover soon.”
No specific injuries were listed for any of the 19 scholarship players whose names appeared in this announcement from McElwain.
Trask, who was embroiled in a quarterback competition all spring with classmate Feleipe Franks, reportedly played in the spring game with the knee injury, which he suffered during practice. That is perhaps one reason why Trask, who was the clear No. 2 quarterback in the spring game while playing with the second-team Blue squad, struggled so mightily in the public scrimmage.
Franks has certainly taken command of the quarterback job coming out of spring, though head coach Jim McElwain would not go so far as to name him the starter next fall.
Redshirt junior Luke Del Rio missed spring practice and is set to return this summer from two shoulder surgeries and a knee procedure. Prior to his injuries, Del Rio appeared to be a serviceable signal caller for the Gators.
Florida is also said to be a leader for the services of Notre Dame QB Malik Zaire, a graduate transfer who is presently unable to join the Gators due to the program not having graduated its last two such transfers. UF is hoping its appeal for that rule, which has been widely criticized in SEC circles and may be a topic of conversation at the league’s spring meetings in early May, paves the way for Zaire to transfer in.
In other words, the Florida quarterback situation is once again completely up in the air. While Trask’s injury does not make it more complicated, it certainly does not help clarify anything.