GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida coach Jim McElwain said at the start of the week that the Gators’ quarterback situation was “sorting itself out” and that it would become more clear during the spring game.
Well, Feleipe Franks got nearly all of the work with the first-team offense, finishing 8-of-14 for 119 yards and 1 touchdown, very clearly looking like the team’s No. 1 quarterback coming out of the spring.
Here’s what McElwain had to say about the performance and what he saw tonight:
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Posted by Florida Gators Insiders on Friday, April 7, 2017
- “First of all, just for the second time doing it on a Friday with even a bigger crowd tonight, the atmosphere was great. It was a lot of fun. The guys really enjoyed it. It’s fun to play under the lights.”
- “We got better. We had a really good spring. The momentum that we have taken just even from our bowl game moving forward, how the guys attacked Swamp Life, how they came to practice, came back after a spring break … and just kind of their commitment has been really fun to see. I’m excited about this team. I think we’re going to be all right. That’s a good thing.”
- “I think the biggest thing was getting a lot of those young guys some time in The Swamp with people there.”
- “I’d like us to be a little more accurate with the ball. We missed some throws that we’re going to have to hit. We’ll have to keep on working on that. I thought all the quarterbacks did a pretty good job.”
- “We kept it pretty vanilla.”
- Injuries: Joseph Putu went out “got his eggs scrambled a little bit.” … Duke Dawson reinjured his wrist, but he came back. Moral Stephens “popped a hammy.” That was it.
- On missed throws: “Down in the red zone we missed three of them that were touchdowns if you just hit the guy in the chest. … Would have liked to see him hit on that, but otherwise he did alright.”
- On Feleipe Franks: “Yeah, he’s ahead and he played decent and Kyle took that drive down pretty good. I’m pretty excited about Kadarius (Toney) and we’re excited what we have there. He’s a guy that needs to touch the ball for us.”
- Is Franks the starter for the fall at this point? “He’s ahead. We’ll find out over the summer. We’ve still got phase 4, 5 and 6 to go so we’re halfway there.”
- On doing 1s vs. 2s: “We did some 1s, you saw many jerseys being switched, so the key there is putting guys in position to let them go play.”
- On linebacker Jeremiah Moon, Antonneus Clayton and young defenders: “We’ve got some good young plays, some guys that played last year for us as true freshmen, but being able to get a pass rush and not having to blitz to do it all the time.”
- More on Toney: “He’s really a good football player. He’s a guy like I said who needs to have the ball in his hands.”
- On developing a quarterback: “Being able to develop a guy is something we’ve been fortunate to do at a lot of stops along the way. At the same time, we’ve got to go with who’s going to give us the best opportunity to win ballgames.”
- “I hope you guys saw what I saw. Both of those quarterbacks were very comfortable. They didn’t look antsy. You could see them setting their feet, pulling the ball through the pocket. I think we’re going to be all right.”