McElwain: Franks is "ahead" in QB race after spring scrimmage


Florida has started nine different quarterbacks since Tim Tebow's last year in 2009, and this year probably won't be any different. This time around, it's redshirt freshmen Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask vying for the starting spot.

The battle continued in Friday night's spring game, where Franks stepped into the spotlight. He completed 8-fot-14 passes, including a 46-yard bomb to receiver Josh Hammond and the touchdown to Antonio Callaway shown above.

The 6-foot-6 QB led the Orange squad of first-teamers to a 31-0 rout of the Blue squad's mostly second-teamers. While the young player wasn't perfect, head coach Jim McElwain said he's now "ahead" in the quarterback race.

"His consistency, probably a little bit of his escapability, believe it or not, which helps -- you know he's kinda a sneaky athlete," McElwain said on what sets Franks apart from his competition. "I thought that's something that helped him."

"He did awesome," defensive back Chauncey Gardner said. "He got the right reads. Got the ball to the right guys. Throw the ball down and converted on third downs, made sure to keep the offense going, keep them hot. So, I mean, he did pretty good to me. Didn't see any flaws."

"Coming in a year ago, learning the playbook, it was hard for me," Franks said. "You know, going through a year's season with Luke [Del Rio] and Austin [Appleby] right there beside me to help me learn -- and Coach Nuss -- it made me a lot more comfortable coming out today."

Originally aired Friday, April 7.

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