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.”