UF QB Feleipe Franks' versatility is among three things we learned from Gators' spring game – Orlando Sentinel (blog)
The versatility of Feleipe Franks is among the three things we learned during the Florida Gators’ spring game.
1. Franks actually might be a fit for Dan Mullen’s offense.
Franks will not conjure memories of Tim Tebow. But the Gators’ redshirt sophomore also is not merely a pocket passer.
Franks does hold the school record for the longest run by a Gators’ QB — a 79-yard scamper last season against Texas A&M. But the play was an outlier in Jim McElwain’s pro-style attack.
In Mullen’s spread offense, Franks’ athletic ability could be a weapon. Franks’ 60-yard touchdown during Saturday’s spring game was encouraging. That’s a start for a player who was the leading scapegoat for last season’s 4-7 season.
Couple Franks’ arm strength with some running ability and Mullen, who has a Midas touch with QBs, might have something to work with. Franks’ decision-making is the key. It remains a work in progress.
But someone will line up under center during the Sept. 1 opener against Charleston Southern. The choice is among Franks, fellow redshirt sophomore Kyle Trask or first-year freshman Emory Jones. Trask never even started a high school game and Jones, a 17-year-old early enrollee, should be in a high school for another month.
Whether Franks will be under center on Oct. 1 is the bigger question. For now, he is the front-runner for the job. He also is no slouch athletically.
When preseason practices open in Auguest, Mullen will have to take Franks’ considerable talents and continue to mold them.
2. End Antonneous Clayton’s is a good fit for Todd Grantham’s defense.
Clayton had a team-high two sacks Saturday and 2.5 sacks during the team’s only scrimmage open to the media. Last season as a sophomore, he had one sack in 11 games.
The 6-foot-2, 254-pound