NCAA Football: Auburn at Florida

Oct 5, 2019; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators quarterback Kyle Trask (11) is looked at by staff during the second quarter against the Auburn Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Florida quarterback Kyle Trask said Monday his sprained left knee is improving.

Trask suffered the injury during the first half of Saturday's 24-13 win over Auburn.

The junior's status will be watched closely this week as the No. 7 Gators (6-0, 3-0 SEC) prepare for a road showdown Saturday at No. 5 LSU (5-0, 1-0).

"It's definitely better today than it's been," Trask said at a press conference. "It's been getting better every single day. The pain is kind of going away now."

Trask was sporting a brace Monday, two days after taking a low hit from Auburn defensive lineman Marlon Davidson that left the QB writhing in pain. Gators coach Dan Mullen was irate over the play but Trask said Davidson apologized and told him the hit was unintentional.

"I really respected that," said Trask, who returned to the game in the second half. "After seeing the play, I didn't think he was trying to hurt me intentionally or anything like that. I felt like that says a lot about his character to come up and apologize even though he obviously wasn't trying to do it on purpose. He just wanted to let me know, and I really respect him for that."

Mullen termed the hit as "dirty" during a halftime interview but backed off that word Monday. He pointed out the play would have drawn a penalty flag in the NFL.

"Maybe the choice of words at the time was wrong, but it's more a debate of, 'I think those plays we want to try to get out of the game," Mullen said. "Plays where guys have a significant opportunity to get injured, those are the plays. Helmet-to-helmet hits, plays where players have a great chance of being injured, we want to get out of the game."

Trask became the starter when junior Feleipe Franks suffered a season-ending broken ankle injury against Kentucky on Sept. 14. He has completed 72.2 percent of his passes for 881 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions.

--Field Level Media