Being around Feleipe Franks for about 15 minutes earlier this week, one could sense his confidence and how much he’s looking forward to showing Florida fans what he — and the offense — is capable of doing in Dan Mullen’s offense.
He says he has nothing to prove. But if he does go out and play lights out he will be on his way to silencing his critics, and there are many of them. I have a feeling Franks will shine in the opener. He’s been getting coached up by Mullen and quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson and he’s in an offense that is far less complicated than the one he never seemed to get a handle on last season. He’ll know where to go with the football, and he’ll do it quickly in what will be an up-tempo attack. And he will have some success running the football.
Looking back on last season, Franks never really had a chance. His line couldn’t protect him, he was without his two best playmakers (Jordan Scarlett and Antonio Callaway) and Jim McElwain’s offense was simply too complex for a young, inexperienced QB to grasp.
I predict we’ll see a much different Franks on Saturday night in The Swamp. His line is better and he’s now surrounded by a bunch of playmakers at wide receiver, running back and tight end. He has lots of options, and much easier reads to make to get the ball to the skilled players.
I think we’re going to see a confident, poised quarterback who knows how to manage the offense, sustain drives and take care of the football — all the things he struggled with a year ago.
So, my first prediction of the season: Feleipe Franks is going to shine.
And here’s my second: Florida 45, Charleston Southern 10.