On Monday night in Jacksonville, new Gators coach Dan Mullen met with boosters to not only fire them up, but also give them some early assessments of the program and the players left behind.
Having been to, seen lots of and heard even more about these types of meetings they are largely “rah rah” stuff without much in the way of news. This was the case, apparently much of the night.
As Scott Carter, writer for the UF official site- Gatorzone.com, live tweeted along what Mullen was telling the crowd, we saw this tidbit regarding his QB situation, and it immediately caught our attention:
Mullen says last QB he coached with as much “arm talent” as Franks was Cam Newton … #Gators
— Scott Carter (@GatorsScott) February 27, 2018
That’s an interesting assessment from the former Mississippi State coach, who had the Cowboys Dak Prescott with him in Starkeville not long ago.
Newton was with Florida for the 2007-08 seasons, when Mullen was Urban Meyer’s offensive coordinator. The Gators ended up winning the National Title with Tim Tebow at the controls in that ’08 season.
Newton eventually ran into trouble with a laptop theft investigation and was apparently, facing academic fraud expulsion, too, when he transferred to Blinn Junior College in Texas. After one season there, he burst back on the SEC and national scene wining his own Heisman and leading Auburn to their own National Title in 2010.
Back to the redshirt sophomore to be, Franks. It was a largely inconsistent and poor 2017.
Despite his heroic TD bomb to beat Tennessee in September, he completed just 54% of his passes and had only nine TDs with eight INTs on the season.
His up and down play, eventually led him to be benched by interim head coach Randy Shannon at the end of the Gators dismal 4-7 season.
Take into account that Florida has also signed a four star stud QB in Emory Jones, and Franks will have serious competition on his hands starting with Spring ball.
Look, all Mullen said was “arm talent,” and the position is much more than that.
However, Franks has to be encouraged that at least, for now, the staff believes he can improve and be the guy.
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