Florida redshirt freshman quarterback Feleipe Franks took questions from the media shortly after UF’s 38-22 loss Saturday to rival Florida State at The Swamp.
Franks said he took two Ibuprofin before the game to deal with a balky left shoulder. After being sacked five times, Franks said he suffered bruised ribs during the game.
“My ribs hurt pretty bad right now, when I breathe and stuff,” Franks said. “I’m definitely going to try and get maybe a couple (Ibuprofin) before I head out of the building.”
Franks was involved in all four of UF’s turnovers, which led to 28 FSU points. Those turnovers turned out to be critical in the outcome of the game.
“You can’t win games having too many turnovers for touchdowns,” Florida coach Randy Shannon said.
Three of the turnovers came on interceptions by Franks and one came on a strip sack and fumble returned 16 yards by linebacker Jacob Pugh for a touchdown, giving the Seminoles an early 7-0 lead. On the play, FSU defensive end Brian Burns forced the fumble with a strip sack when he beat Florida left tackle Jawaan Taylor around the edge on a pass rush.
In the second quarter, Franks threw a pick-six when FSU cornerback Levonta Taylor cut in front of a pass route and returned it 18 yards for a TD. Franks would have thrown a second pick-six in the fourth quarter if not for a bonehead play by FSU linebacker Matthew Thomas, who tried to dive into the end zone for effect on an interception return and fell short of the goal line at the one-yard line. FSU was backed up to 16 due to a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty on Thomas, but still drove for a TD on the short field to put FSU ahead 38-16.
The 6-foot-5 Franks ended a rocky first season starting 8 of 11 games for UF with a record of 3-5 as a starter. He threw two TD passes and three interceptions in the game to finish the year with a TD to interception ratio of 9 to 8.
“A turnover is a turnover,” Franks said. “It happens in the game. Tom Brady throws three interceptions, anybody does it. It’s just part of the game, part of playing quarterback. That’s what a lot of people don’t realize. It’s something I need to improve on going into the offseason.”
Asked whether he sees himself as being involved in the quarterback competition when a new coach is named, Franks replied: “To be honest with you, I haven’t even thought about it. I don’t even know. I’ve been focusing on the FSU game and it just got over.”
But Franks said he has plenty of motivation to improve going into next season.
“There’s always something to get better on,” Franks said. “There’s always going to be somebody who hates you and wants you to leave and all this crazy stuff. It’s just part of the game. Like I said before, I’m just going to keep going to work. I’m not going to listen to what everybody has to say about me. Everybody has their own opinion about me. That’s OK. At the end of the day, I’m going to keep going out there. I’m going to keep on grinding. I’m going to keep on working, keep on competing.”