Franks must keep managing game, Mullen says

Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks (13) talks with coach Dan Mullen during the opening game of the season against Charleston Southern at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Saturday. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks met his main goal in the win over Charleston Southern this past Saturday. He’ll have the same goal Saturday night against Kentucky, and for the rest of the games this season.

“His job is to manage the game and execute what we call and what we do within the game,” UF coach Dan Mullen said Wednesday on the SEC coaches teleconference. “He understands that. One of the things we talk about is you’re only as good as your last play and you’re only going to be as good as your next play.”

Franks certainly managed the game and executed the game plan in the opener. Playing in the first half only, he completed 16 of 24 passes for 219 yards and five touchdowns. He moved the offense up and down the field throughout the half.

Mullen doesn’t seem too concerned about that performance going to Franks’ head and maybe making him a little overconfident heading into SEC play Saturday against Kentucky.

“He had a good game last week, put up some good numbers,” Mullen said. “I’m sure his Twitter comments and everybody talking about him is good. If he wants to keep them good, continue to manage the game and perform well.

“If you want people to talk poorly of you, go throw a couple of picks and they’ll start bashing you.”

Whatever Franks did last week won’t matter this week, Mullen said.

“He’s a guy that really needs to continue to develop every aspect of his game and make sure we’re very critical on how he does things,” he said. “He’s done a good job this week of putting that last game behind him.

“We’re all into a new game plan, new execution. Everything he did last week, none of it has any effect on what’s going to happen in this game.”


  1. ”Everything he (Franks) did last week, none of it has any effect on what’s going to happen in this game (U.K. game).” -Coach Mullen. Man, I know it’s been said many times recently here, but it SOOOO NICE to hear effective, productive, and even at times, entertaining ”Coach talk” again.
    Go Gators! Tame those wild kitty cats. “Here kitty, kitty…”

  2. There is no way we shouldn’t win this game. I have a feeling we will have some things to work on after but it’s Kentucky and they will never be anything besides a basketball school. Gotta stop the running game and let the turnovers happen. I’ll be there cheering the Mighty Gators on! Kuck Fentucky! Go Gators!

    • Really, it’s on the whole team, Jonzee… a cohesive unit to correct their liabilities and play with relentless effort. If Frank’s falters, I think CDM will respond appropriately and put Trask in. But I do agree with your original premise, bud…..TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED!

  3. unless there is injury, I think the qb controversy is over for a while, and by midseason we will know for sure. right now franks clearly looks like the guy. I predict he will continue to perform at a very high level.

  4. Franks is a tough, physically strong, talented player that needed some effective coaching. He is now getting a top flight education on learning to be a QB. He’ll probably make it to the pros and he’ll be very successful. He should forever be thankful to Florida and Coach Mullen! Franks had or has had many critics. Time will tell all, but in the mean time, let’s all get behind the Coach’s decision and support the Gators! Go Gators!