Feleipe Franks is the starting quarterback for the Florida Gators as they host the Tennessee Volunteers.
He started the season-opening game against Michigan, but it did not go well, as the Gators lost 33-17.
Here is what you need to know about Franks.
1. Feleipe Franks won a heated quarterback competition
Franks had to beat out to other signal callers to get the starting nod. He bested Notre Dame graduate transfer Malik Zaire and Luke Del Rio for the starting job. Del Rio and Zaire both had starting experience, but McElwain opted for the redshirt freshman.
2. Feleipe Franks was a star recruit
Franks was rated as the No. 57 recruit in the country for the class of 2016 and he was also the Gators second-rated offensive commit in the class. Before the Gators landed Matt Corral in the 2018 class, he was the highest rated quarterback commit that Jim McElwain landed at Florida.
3. Feleipe Franks was at one point an LSU commit
Franks was actually committed to one of the Gator’s bigg rivals for a while. He was committed for over a year to Les Miles before backing off his commitment in November of 2015. Just days later, he committed to the Gators.
4. Feleipe Franks won the job because of the work he did in the spring
With Del Rio injured and Zaire not yet on campus, Franks got to be the star of the Gators spring game. He completed 8 out of his 14 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown in the game.
“I think the big thing is the whole body of work from spring on,” he said. “Him being there, being a part of it, I think he was a little bit ahead, and you know what, he deserves it. He’s done a really good job,” McElwain said of why he won the job.
But in the game against Michigan, he will be without two of his top playmakers, as wide receiver Antonio Callaway and running back Jordan Scarlett are both suspended for the game.
5. Feleipe Franks first start was not stellar
Franks got the start against Michigan and led the Gators to a field goal on their opening drive. Unfortunately, those were the only points the Gators offense scored all day. Franks was replaced in the third quarter by Malik Zaire. Franks and the Gators kickoff against the Volunteers at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.