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December 3, 2019 at 3:17 pm #45641
I doubt any more playing time at UF would have significantly improved Franks’ performance as a QB at this level. For better or worse, what we saw in the first 3 games is what we’d have gotten the rest of this season, had he not been injured.
Playing QB is like playing chess on a board where ALL the pieces are moving on every play. Some guys are born with the ability to visualize where the pieces will be as a play develops. It’s just like arm strength, either you’re born with it or you’re not.
Franks doesn’t have the “vision thing” and Trask does. So, Franks ends up “not seeing“ open receivers, especially over the middle of the field, and forcing passes into double coverage, or dumping them off to outlets way too often.
Trask doesn’t have Franks’ arm strength, but more than makes up for it by “finding” the open receivers in his passing range on most plays, even when the D knows he has no running game.
Past Gator QBs who had the gift of “vision”: Matthews, Wuerffel and Grossman. Past Gator QBs who didn’t have the gift of “vision”: Dean, Johnson and Driskel. Nobody will argue that the last 3 were far less effective as Gator QBs than the first 3, even though the last 3 arguably had more arm strength.
Trask is another one of the former group. Franks is another one of the latter.
December 1, 2019 at 11:49 pm #45608
Assuming the favorites ALL win their CC games on Saturday, Oklahoma will land the 4th CFP slot by beating 1-loss Baylor. 1-loss Utah will end up in the Rose Bowl opposite 2-loss Minnesota. 2-loss Baylor will face 2-loss UGA in the Sugar Bowl and 2-loss Penn St. will land in the Cotton Bowl vs. 1-loss Memphis.
The 2-loss Gators will end up ranked ahead of both 2-loss Bama and 2-loss ND and land in the Orange Bowl vs. Virginia. Oregon and Wisky will both drop to 3 losses each, and along with 3-loss Auburn will have no valid NY-6 bowl claims. And poor, poor 2-loss Bama and ND will BOTH get NY-6 shafted… for a change!!!
December 11, 2019 at 9:09 pm #45754
The experiment is already under way. Beginning this season the CFP Championship Game will be played 2 weeks after the two playoff semi-finals. Beginning in January 2022, the CFP Championship venue will rotate around the country and be played in cities/stadiums that have no ties with NY-6 bowls (Indianapolis, L.A. and Houston.)
All that sets the table for a rotation of 4 NY-6 bowls hosting round 1 playoffs and the other 2 hosting round 2, beginning in the 2025/26 season.
I’m prepared RIGHT NOW to bet there will be some ESPN talking heads that first year making passionate cases that some team ranked 9th or lower (like Utah) should have made the playoff field.
December 10, 2019 at 7:35 pm #45744
Not happening! LSU has five backup QBs behind Joe Burrow (one sophomore and four freshmen,) at least three of which were 4* recruits. All five are now versed in the new LSU offense. There’s just no room there for a RS Senior who won’t even be cleared to begin practicing until next summer, at the earliest.
The most likely landing spot for Franks is a Group of 5 program, like LA Tech, where Jeff Driskel played after transferring out of UF. There, his physical talents will tower over those of whatever prospects they have on their roster and tempt their coaches to take a chance at having him up to speed by opening day. Driskel ended up in the NFL through that path, so can Franks.
December 9, 2019 at 6:52 pm #45730
It’s sad, but nevertheless true, that the world is the way it is and not the way we’d prefer it to be. Maybe, bowl matchups will improve after the current CFP TV contract runs out in 2025 if, God forbid, they expand the playoff field to eight teams.
December 9, 2019 at 1:55 am #45720
You shouldn’t end this topic on such a downer! It’s much better to “look at the glass as half-full.”
The Gators just landed in a NY-6 bowl for the 2nd year in a row, right in the heart of Florida recruiting territory, as the Canes and Semis got banished to Shreveport and El Paso. The Gators will almost surely improve on last year’s 10-3 record, as the other two may finish under 500… again. Believe me, THAT outcome will NOT be lost on recruits!
The bonus gift to the Gators came from the CFP Committee’s desperate need to justify a more “equitable” distribution of top 10 finishes among the various Power 5 conference champs and NY-6 bowl participants. With their bald-faced diss to the SEC, they’ve managed to provide UF, Alabama and Auburn all the motivation they’ll need to “show up” and kick the stuffing out of their bowl opponents!
We Gator fans will just need to exercise a little patience. 2019 will end as well as possible for a season in which CDM continued rebuilding the Gators from the ashes of the dumpster fire McElwhiner left them in.
December 8, 2019 at 9:09 am #45700
Jones will get more playing time next season for sure, but CDM won’t make him the Gator starter over Trask for the same reason he didn’t make Trask the starter over Franks, real game experience. CDM has a history, going back to MSU, of going with the more experienced QB, while preparing the backup to be ready to step in if the starter goes down as Franks did.
That said, 6 is on the mark about the improvement needed out of the OL next season. Anybody who saw Joe Burrow yesterday sit in his pocket for nearly 9 seconds until a receiver broke free vs. the UGA D that shut down the Gator O understands the secrets to a spectacular QB performance vs. a great D are great blocking up front, a great RB threat, and great WRs in the back end.
The Gators FINALLY have THE QB to go with their RBs and WRs. All they need now is an SEC OL.
December 6, 2019 at 9:11 pm #45683
That’s how I see it, particularly if the Gators improve their OL play next season and develop any semblance of a running game. It’ll be Kyle Trask vs. Justin Fields duking it out for the Heisman Trophy.
December 6, 2019 at 6:21 pm #45682
LMAO!!! Now THAT is more like the 6 I know.
December 6, 2019 at 1:10 pm #45674
I don’t know cattrick. IMHO, Trask had more style points in 2019 than Wuerffel had in 1994 and Tebow had in 2006. And we all know how those two stories played out the following year.
December 6, 2019 at 1:03 pm #45672
Gosh! Such negativity! It’s not like your usually optimistic self 6.
What did you have for breakfast??? LOL!
December 2, 2019 at 9:24 pm #45630
At this point, Michigan won’t do any more for the Gators’ final poll standing than Virginia. Neither will Wisky.
BTW, the other viable option would be for the Gators to go to the Cotton Bowl vs. Memphis or Boise State, while Penn St. faces Virginia in the Orange Bowl. IMHO, this option is even less desirable by shipping the Gators to Texas, away from their fan base and recruits in South Florida vs. an opponent that’s no more attractive than Virginia.
Face it, the Gators must just close out 2019 strong and focus all their energy on landing in the CFP in 2020.
December 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm #45628
Look on the bright side. The Gators will get another “home game” in prime South Florida recruiting country to flex their newfound passing offense and killer D in front of all those potential recruits that CDM’s staff will be able to visit with while they’re down there for bowl practices.
It’ll also be a practical guarantee the Gators will improve on 2018’s 10-win season while getting the prestige of being invited to back-to-back NY-6 bowls, something else the Gators haven’t done since ‘08-‘09.
December 2, 2019 at 4:22 pm #45621
Always something, I agree with you… BUT… the Orange Bowl is contractually obligated to take the ACC champ, unless said champ makes the CFP, whereupon the Orange Bowl is obligated to take the 2nd best ACC team, which this year, sadly, is Virginia.
December 2, 2019 at 4:30 pm #45622
BTW, if hell freezes over and UVA beats Clemson on Saturday, UVA will be declared ACC champs and end up in the Orange Bowl anyway. So, the Orange Bowl is cursed with Virginia this year, no matter what happens in the ACCC game.