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Three Takeaways From Gators’ Orange and Blue Debut

Ari Russell



(Photo by Jamie Gilliam/Icon Sportswire)

The Florida Gators held their annual Spring Game on Saturday. Here are three takeaways from the Gators’ Orange and Blue Debut.

1. QB Feleipe Franks looked sharp

We knew going into the spring game that Feleipe Franks will be taking first team snaps. What we didn’t know was the level of readiness he would be by spring. As it turns out, he looked pretty sharp. He only played in the first half but went 8-14 for 119 yards and a TD. The performance was enough to make the Gators coaching staff throw Franks deep in the mix for the starting job come fall.


2. QB Kyle Trask didn’t give Franks a run for his money

For as sharp as Franks look, the second team QB Kyle Trask looked shaky. Trask ended the game 3-13 for 34 yards and an INT. If there was any type of perceived competition between Franks and Trask before the Spring began, it was put to rest after the Orange and Blue Debut. At this point Franks has a significant advantage in the fall that he will have do to a lot for Trask to outpace him.


3. Johnny Townsend can still boot the ball

You know it’s an underwhelming Spring game when you highlight a punter, but it is something of note. Johnny Townsend did have a solid punt of 57 yards. We already knew he had a leg on him and his punt on Saturday confirmed he will be steady. Hey, you can never discount the value of a solid punter. When you have question marks at the QB position, a strong punter will do wonders for field position.


What’s going to be interesting will be what happens early in fall camp for the Gators. That’s when the majority of newcomers will land on campus and we will finally get to see that surprisingly strong recruiting class.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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    May 2, 2017 at 3:18 am

    He ca2#&8n17;t get the MVP until he stops acting like a jack ass every time he scores a goal. Seriously, his celebration is unbearable to watch time after time. I would understand doing that if that particular goal won you the cup. Every time is annoying.

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