Gators Notebook: Franks Progressing, Surging Swain, More Tidbits
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Feleipe Franks is a vastly improved quarterback in 2018. Just about anyone who has watched the Gators this season will say so.
Outside of the fourth quarter against Kentucky when he was asked to carry the team to a comeback and struggled, the redshirt sophomore has looked more confident, composed, comfortable and accurate than a year ago. He’s going through multiple progressions, finding the open guy, not looking down at the rush and using his legs when necessary.
Through four games, Franks is tied with Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa for the Southeastern Conference lead with 12 touchdown passes, which is also good enough for a tie for seventh nationally. He is seventh in the league in both passing yards and pass efficiency, stark improvements from 2017. Against Tennessee on Saturday, he became the first Gator to throw three touchdowns in a game multiple times in a season since Jeff Driskel in 2014.
Nowhere is Franks’ development more evident than his touchdown-to-interception ratio (12 to 2). That figure trails only Tagovailoa, the early season Heisman favorite, in the conference. Among the 36 FBS quarterbacks who have thrown at least eight touchdowns this season, Franks’ touchdown-to-interception ratio ranks 10th.
However, Franks knows that he