Five questions with … Brian Johnson

Florida quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun/File]

Florida quarterbacks coach:

Q: How did Feleipe Franks do in the opener?

A: He played well, made good decisions, took care of the football, had a good command of what he was doing. He was really communicating after each series of understanding what was going on. He felt really, really comfortable.

Q: How important is it to build up a young QB’s confidence?

A: It’s critical. It’s very, very critical to their success, especially for a young player. The more success you have, and get off to a good start, it becomes contagious throughout the game. It becomes contagious to your teammates. I think it definitely shows throughout the entire team when you get off to a good start playing at the quarterback position.

Q: What does build on the performance?

A: The biggest thing is fall in love with your routine. Of having a set routine each and every week of how you get prepared for games. And it starts out here on the practice field. Work on the practice field and in the film room, understanding your opponent, understanding the plan and how it applies a little different every week for each opponent, and getting yourself ready to go perform at a high level. We really want to stress that at practice, so you can get out there on Saturday and the game is slower than it is on the practice field.

Q: Are you seeing that from Franks?

A: Yeah, we have a ways to go, but it’s encouraging to see him go out there and apply it and play well for the first trip out. Obviously, it’s a very long season and we have to continue to build on that each and every week and put ourselves in a position to go out there and play to the best of our ability.

Q: Where has he improved the most since early in the spring?

A: His command is a little bit better. He’s a little more comfortable and understands what the expectation is of what we’re trying to get done and how he fits into that. That gives him better command of the entire offense and he becomes a better leader because he is a little more confident and understands what we’re doing, what we’re trying to get done.


  1. I do believe Feleipe has made strong progress from last year. He is determined to continue to improve and to execute more effectively and consistently. If the opposing defense gives you low hanging fruit and your wide receivers are not open, dump it off to the slot receiver or running back, and let them make more yards after the catch. Every once in a while (say 2-3 times per game), take off running if there’s an open gap and make some positive yardage with your feet (to keep the opposing defense honest). By managing the offense more effectively and efficiently, drives will be sustained. Put the offense in position to score and they will do so, over and over again. GO GATORS!!!