On his 69-yard touchdown strike to Van Jefferson against UT-Martin on Saturday night, Florida quarterback Feleipe effectively worked through his progressions, looking off the safety and then finding Jefferson open behind the secondary.
“For him to look the safety off, come back, throw the deep ball to Van, just shows that he is making his reads,” senior wide receiver Josh Hammond said. “He is that guy who we look to to make those plays.
“UT-Martin plays a very exotic defense where they drop a bunch of guys, so he was going to have to be very sound with his eyes, looking guys off before he let balls go and he was able to do that. We were able to execute at a high level and he had a really good game.”
Franks completed 25 of 27 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns and set the school record for highest completion percentage in a game. Those numbers are evidence of the work he’s been putting in, Hammond said.
“He’s definitely come a long way since day one,” he said. “Coach Mullen works with him an endless amount of time to try to make sure that he perfects his craft, and Feleipe does a good job not taking anything for granted, not taking any moments for granted.
“He tries to continue to grow every single day as a player, as a person and that’s just one thing he continues to do. He’s going to come to work today and try to continue to get better and further himself. And as an offensive leader, continue to try to grow in the right way.”
Franks on the freshmen
Franks, who has been going against the UF defense since the start of preseason camp, seems pretty confident that the three true freshman cornerbacks will hold their own stepping in for injured starter CJ Henderson.
“I think that Marco (Wilson) and CJ do a good job of showing those guys the ropes and how they prepare,” Franks said. “It’s not easy when you first get to college to try and prepare for a game and all those other different things that are super challenging. I think they do a good job of setting an example and those guys just following. I think they’ll be very good and I think CJ and Marco will get them in the right place to be able to play every Saturday.”
Speaking of the young cornerbacks, Kaiir Elam, Jayson Hill and Chester Kimbrough were three of the 15 true freshmen who saw playing time in Saturday’s game.
The others were defensive end Khris Bogle, outside linebacker Mohamoud Diabate, linebacker Ty’Ron Hopper, wide receiver Dionte Marks, linebacker Jesiah Pierre, outside linebacker Lloyd Summerall, offensive lineman Michael Tarquin, wide receiver Ja’Markis Weston, offensive lineman Ethan White, wide receiver Trent Whittemore, running back Nay’Quan Wright and tight end Keon Zipperer.
The only true freshmen who did not see playing time were offensive linemen Kingsley Eduakun, Will Harrod and Riley Simonds.
Assessing Jones, Trask
Backup quarterbacks Emory Jones and Kyle Trask both saw playing time Saturday and both accounted for a touchdown. Jones ran for a score and Trask threw for one.
“Yeah they did OK,” UF coach Dan Mullen said. “It was great to see them. I wanted to get them into the game, get them both into the game. They both got in with the ones at one point and did a good job right there.
“The benefit is you didn’t have to force-feed it. It was great to get them those reps because they’re a play away from being in there. They haven’t been in live situations in a little while so it’s good to get into that live situation and sort some things out.”