Florida head coach Dan Mullen has a decision to make with his most important position, quarterback.
There are many who believe that Feleipe Franks, who started most of the messy 2017 season, should be that guy. After all, he looks the part from a size and arm standpoint, has experience and some Gators fans want him to lead them back to the big time.
Unfortunately for Franks, he has solid competition from redshirt sophomore Kyle Trask and incoming freshman dual threat Emory Jones. Trask had a distinguished high school career in Manvel, Texas, but after red-shirting in 2016, he was injured prior to last season and never saw the field.
As for Jones, he’s yet to step foot on the field at the Swamp, much less in SEC action.
The point is, that Franks has done so, and even had some moderate success, including throwing the game winning bomb TD pass in the final seconds of the Tennessee victory last season.
Yet, there is a segment of the Gator fan base being vocal on sportsradio and the internet that has doubts about him. And something they are pointing to, is that Franks doesn’t seem to have the “killer instinct” to excel and get the Gators back in the SEC Championship Game.
An example, they point to things like Franks’ comments to the Gainesville media on Tuesday:
— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) August 22, 2018
Now, it’s only fair to point out that Franks makes it clear that he just wants the Gators to win, but when you hear him say, “I’m not really worried about who he (Mullen) names…,” then it makes some question how bad he wants to start?
In Jacksonville, a huge Gators market, one of their mid-day hosts, Rick Ballou, jumped all over the Franks comments:
"I almost right now am saying to myself "screw him." Play Trask. Play Jones. Play a guy who at least wants to be a winner. Wants to be the guy. You cannot be this passive as a starting QB anywhere, especially the University of Florida." —@Ballou1010xl https://t.co/9AYSDFs7SQ
— 1010 XL / 92.5 FM (@1010XL) August 21, 2018
Now, we certainly aren’t privy to what Mullen and his offensive staff are seeing in meeting rooms, the weight room, and the locker room etc.
Maybe, Franks is more of a leader that they are seeing than we are. Then again, maybe Mullen intends to play Trask, Jones, Franks, or some combination of them, as the season gets underway. This would be an attempt to see who wins the job by their taking charge of the team in actual games.
Until then, the debate continues, how badly does Feleipe Franks really want to start and lead the Gators.
We’ll all know soon.
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