Florida football: Gators freshman quarterback Feleipe Franks put to early test – NCAA.com
GAINESVILLE — When Kyle Morris was the last University of Florida freshman to start the season as the Gators’ No. 1 quarterback, his first two games were against NCAA Division 1-AA Montana State and an Ole Miss team that would go on to finish 5-6.
UF won 69-0 and 27-15, both at home.
Contrast that with the early gauntlet facing Feleipe Franks. The freshman from Crawfordville got the start for the Gators’ opening game against 11th-ranked Michigan on Sept. 2 in Dallas (Florida lost 33-17) and because of the cancellation of last week’s game against FBC member Northern Colorado, Franks’ second start will come on Saturday at The Swamp when the 24th-ranked Gators (0-1) face No. 23 Tennessee (2-0).
Welcome to the SEC, kid.
— Scott Stricklin (@ScottStricklin) September 14, 2017
Despite getting pulled in favor of graduate senior Malik Zaire after completing 5 of 9 passes for 75 yards against the Wolverines, Franks is being given the start again by UF coach Jim McElwain, who said he still saw enough in his young quarterback to give him another chance — even if the chance is against one of the Gators’ most hated rivals, in as must-win a game as can be possible in early September.
“It’s the reason you come to the University of Florida, to play in games like that,” McElwain said. “It’s another opportunity for him.”
But Franks already showed he may have a n ose for the big play. He had completions of 31 yards to Tyrie Cleveland and 34 to Josh Hammond against Michigan, and also showed he might be a bit more mobile than once thought, breaking off a 16-yard gain.
More than anything, Franks never looked like he