Florida took down Auburn at home on Saturday, but in the process, it saw its second starting quarterback suffer a significant injury. Kyle Trask injured his knee in the first half of the contest.
Trask was tackled by Auburn defender Marlon Davidson and appeared to be in a great deal of pain as he was taken off the field. But he later returned to the game with what head coach Dan Mullen called a sprained MCL.
Mullen, in announcing the news to CBS sideline reporter Jamie Erdahl, implied that the hit on Trask was a “dirty” play.
Mullen presumably had not seen replay of the tackle. Davidson was pushed into Trask – he didn’t really have an option in how he attempted to tackle him.
ESPN’s David Pollack took to Twitter to protest Mullen’s claim that the play was dirty. He wasn’t the only one.
That was not even close to a dirty hit that hurt Kyle Trask! You cannot control your body when you are being held and twisted to the ground.
— David Pollack (@davidpollack47) October 5, 2019
— Simone Eli (@SimoneEli_TV) October 5, 2019
— Sports ON Tap (@SONTHighlights) October 5, 2019
It’s unclear if Mullen has since seen the replay. Perhaps he’ll change his tune if he does.
Regardless, Florida remains undefeated and heads to LSU next week. College GameDay will be on-hand ahead of the game.