For those who are thinking — or hoping — that Feleipe Franks will NOT be Florida’s starting quarterback this season, there is some disturbing news to report.
He’s having a good summer. A really good one.
That’s the word from a few of his teammates who I recently interviewed.
“A lot of growth,” junior wide receiver Freddie Swain said of Franks. “Especially with Coach Mullen now. You can see he’s changing. Just from camp, he’s getting smarter, he’s learning and he’s getting bigger, he’s getting faster. He’s just becoming an all-around quarterback. That’s great.”
Franks, a redshirt sophomore who started eight games last season, has emerged as a team leader on the field, in the weight room and in the film room.
Starting middle linebacker David Reese said Franks’ work ethic and conscientious approach have earned him the respect of his teammates, who are ready to follow him.
“He’s come a long way, especially mentally, just growing and maturing as a person,” Reese said. “He always had the ability. Just mentally and being more vocal as a leader, he’s come a good way.”
Swain said Franks is a workout warrior in the weight room, where he’s bulking up to be able to handle the physical demands of being a dual-threat QB.
“That’s actually who I work out with,” Swain said. “We’ll be going back and forth. I’ll get a big weight and he’ll try to outdo me. I’ll try to outdo him. We just push each other. That’s what we need.”
It’s early yet, but Franks might just turn out to be the quarterback the Gators need. We’ll find out in a few months.