Dan Mullen has an excellent track record of identifying and developing quarterbacks at the collegiate level. But he’ll be facing his biggest challenge this year as he tries to remold the Florida offense, which hasn’t been the same since the Urban Meyer days.
The Gators will show off the new-look offense on Saturday for their spring game. SEC Network analyst Jordan Rodgers will be on the call and he weighed in on who he thinks will be the quarterback to lead that offense.
In an interview with WJOX in Birmingham, Rodgers picked redshirt sophomore Feleipe Franks as Florida’s 2018 quarterback.
“I do think he’s the best option for next year,” Rodgers said of Franks. “There are some questions on how he plays and how quickly they’re going to find the guy if it’s not him. But Feleipe’s got talent and I want to see how they mold that talent around him.”
Rodgers added though that the Florida offense will look very different with Franks at the helm than it did when Dak Prescott or Nick Fitzgerald were doing it at Mississippi State.
“We all know Dan and how successful he’s been at recruiting and developing quarterbacks to Alex Smith, Tim Tebow and Dak Prescott and even Nick Fitzgerald. Feleipe Franks is not that mold,” Rodgers said. “He’s not the guy that’s gonna beat you with his legs. Can he buy some time when he needs to? Yeah sure but it’s not going to be something he leans on.
“He’s got a ton of raw skills and a cannon for an arm,” Rodgers said. “He was inconsistent last year with his decision making and what was going on in front of him.”
Franks struggled last year as the starter for the Gators. He threw 9 touchdowns to 8 interceptions while splitting some time with Malik Zaire. Florida went 4-7 last season and saw its coach, Jim McElwain, get fired halfway through the season.
The Florida spring game is set for Saturday and will start at 3 p.m. ET.