Franks one of eight players on Gators’ leadership council

Florida receiver Josh Hammond, left, fist-bumps quarterback Feleipe Franks as he enters the room to meet with media members Tuesday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. [Lauren Bacho/Staff photographer]

From the start, Florida coach Dan Mullen has stressed that one quality that he looks for the most in his quarterback is leadership ability.

It appears Feleipe Franks has got it.

In a recent vote among the players, Franks was the quarterback elected as one of the team’s eight leaders to serve on a leadership council that will work as a conduit between players and coaches.

“I think it shows that they have belief in him as a leader,” Mullen said. “We do a lot of different things to get the leadership council vote. We do it by class, by position, by skill, that type of deal. It’s position specific.

“For him it’s something that just shows that he’s on the right path with his actions and how he carries himself and what he does because the team believed enough to vote him as a leader because he was doing things the right way. Hopefully that’s a big push for him football-wise, getting out there that you know you have the support of your teammates.”

The others on the council are defensive end Cece Jefferson, offensive tackle Martez Ivey, tight end C’yontai Lewis, defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, linebacker David Reese, athlete R.J. Raymond and wide receiver Josh Hammond.

“It feels good,” Franks said. “I’ve always wanted to lead the team and be that guy that can bring us to a championship.

“It doesn’t seem that way, the way last year went. But we’ve closed that book. I had a little reflection period and what I could have done and moved forward.

“It’s just a fresh start to what I can do and what these guys can do going forward.”