Gators staying with Franks as starter

Florida's Feleipe Franks has had mixed results. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

Coming off a bye week, Florida may come up with some surprises for Georgia in Jacksonville on Saturday. A change at quarterback will not be one of them.

UF coach Jim McElwain is sticking with struggling redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks.

“Yep,” McElwain said Monday when asked if Franks will continue as the starter.

McElwain said he continues to have confidence in Franks because he is starting to show improvement.

“He continues to get a little bit better,” McElwain said. “He’s got, obviously, a lot of ability. He’s got to continue to roll forward.

“I thought that he’s handled some situations pretty decent and is starting to figure out that, get a call and let’s go.”

McElwain and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier continue to work with Franks on not staring down his receivers, something that has been a problem in recent losses to LSU and Texas A&M.

“The big thing is don’t get locked in,” McElwain said. “Don’t pre-set or pre-determine a little bit. Just take your one cue and move from there and throw it to those guys that are open.”

Notre Dame graduate transfer Malik Zaire has not played since the opening-day loss to Michigan, but he continues to compete for playing time in practice. McElwain has not ruled out giving Zaire another chance to run the offense at some point.

“Yeah, there will be (a second chance), if he keeps continuing to work and get a little bit better,” he said. “He’ll continue to work the way it’s been and get his opportunity when and if that comes up.”


  1. ive wondered why they wont go deep more with franks…he seems to have a pretty good deep ball, plus a good run or two. running a nussmeier offense isn’t the way for him, that offense is behind the times. look at brady, hes throwing deep more and more. imo vision cant be taught, so that’s why I’m a toney fan because he has good eyes, but getting hurt is his issue.

  2. This might well be the game that ends the Gators streak of scoring in consecutive games. After watching each team play, it is going to be an uphill task for Gators to even score, let alone win. I wish it were not so.