GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It had been five years since the Florida Gators boarded their caravan of buses out of Jacksonville knowing they’d just seized control of the Southeastern Conference East Division.
No doubt it felt as good then as it did last Saturday.
UF’s 44-28 rout of Georgia was one of the truly feel-good moments of the Dan Mullen era, but you better believe Mullen has reminded his team that the statement Kyle Trask and friends made on the St. John’s River will mean next to nothing if the Gators (4-1, 4-1), now No. 6 in the Associated Press poll, are unable to take care of business the rest of the way, starting with Saturday night’s date against Arkansas (3-3, 3-3) at Spurrier/Florida Field.
The biggest pregame storyline, of course, is the return to the “Swamp” of quarterback Feleipe Franks, who grad-transferred from UF to Arkansas last offseason while recovering from the grisly broken ankle suffered in the second game of the 2019 season. That injury, which occurred at Kentucky, opened the door for Kyle Trask, who took full advantage of the battlefield promotion by passing his way to second-team All-SEC honors last season.