Q: Do you have confidence in redshirt freshman quarterback Feleipe Franks?
A: Definitely. Feleipe comes in with the same demeanor every day. He approaches every detail and every assignment like it’s a game rep. Whether we’re in practice or whether we’re in meetings, he takes advantage of everything. He puts 100 percent into everything. In the game (against Michigan), he was really calm and poised. I think that was a big thing for him, just being calm. But I think he’s excited and he’s ready to go and be able to show that he can throw the ball around a little bit. That’s pretty much the biggest thing for him, just staying calm and controlling himself.
Q: What is his in-game mindset?
A: He’s a leader. A natural-born leader. You know he comes in the huddle fired up every play no matter if we’re losing, winning, third-and-15, third-and one, you know he’s always ready to go. I think that’s something that I admire about him that he’s always ready no matter what. No matter the situation he’s ready to approach it with the same mindset, just wanting to beat it. I think that’s a big thing that he brings to the game, and his calmness definitely allows us to stay calm and move forward a little bit.
Q: After losing the opener, how critical is this game for the Gators?
A: It’s definitely a big game for us. It’s our SEC opener as well, so especially on the East, we definitely have to approach this game with a little chip on our shoulder. We have to show that we’ll be ready to play. I think we’ll be ready to play. We’ve prepared so far this week pretty well. We just have to come out, play hard and know it’s going to be a four-quarter game.
Q: How much have you guys talked about last year’s loss in Knoxville?
A: Definitely a lot. You know we came out really strong, 21-3 at half or something like that. Definitely, we came out in the second half and played poorly. So we definitely know this year it’s going to be a four-quarter game. We can’t get ahead of ourselves. We just have to be ready to play all four quarters and never let up.
Q: Where were you during the hurricane?
A: I was here. I was home at my apartment with my roommates. We were just staying inside. My house was fine. We didn’t lose power or anything. We just stayed in the house and ate snacks and kind of watched film a little bit.