April 1, 2021
Photo by Courtney Culbreath/Florida Gators Athletics
Pro Days have taken center-stage this year with the cancellation of this year's NFL Scouting Combine due to COVID-19 still rapidly spreading nationwide. The official inception of these college workout sessions for NFL coaches, General Managers, Scouts, and other personnel was on March 5th ultimately lasting until April 9th. One of this week's featured Pro Days was in Florida. Here's what select student-athletes from the aforementioned program vocalized after their Pro Day on Wednesday via videoconference.
Quarterback: Kyle Trask
Question: You didn't attend the Senior Bowl this year. Why did you withdraw from going to Mobile in January?
Answer: I withdrew from attending the Senior Bowl in Mobile two months ago due to suffering a high ankle sprain at the end of the season. Instead, I participated in a week of rehab as my physical health being nearly consummate is one of the main things I'm focusing on this offseason.
Question: The Southeastern Conference is the toughest conference in NCAA Division I football. Did playing against NFL caliber competition every season of your collegiate career aid you in your preparation prior to Pro Day?
Answer: Several of the strongest, biggest and fastest players are recruited into and are in the Southeastern Conference and you have to perform at your absolute finest to compete with those athletes/teams within the SEC Divisions. It aided the whole squad in their preparation prior to Pro Day when they played against NFL caliber competition every season of their collegiate career because you can endure a defeat on any given week if the rest of the athletes on the program don't manifest the same vitality and exertion every single week.
Wide Receiver: Kadarius Toney
Question: Dan Mullen is one of the best coaches in the country. What was his influence on you as a football player in the last three years?
Answer: He situated me in the precise positions on the field each and every day with apt gameplans and installs ensuring that all of the student-athletes executed what was practiced in Spring football, offseason activities, and gameweek. His influence on me as a football player is merely half of who I've become as an athlete after getting coached by Mr. Mullen the last three years as it's the players who administer offensive/defensive play calls, and in-game adjustments while playing in a sixty-minute game even though Coach Mullen perpetually has exemplary schemes with him on the sideline.
The video of these interviews is now available on YouTube. You can choose to view it down below.
A special thanks to Mr. Rick Hurtado, and Mr. Sam Drexler along with the Florida Gators Athletic Department Staff, and the NFL Communications Staff for arranging the videoconferences spectacularly. Make sure to tune into the NFL Draft commencing from April 29th and concluding on May 1st on NFL Network, ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, and ABC.