GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In an ideal world for the Florida Gators, they’ve found their starting quarterback of both the present and future in redshirt-sophomore Luke Del Rio.
But with the ever-growing popularity of recruiting these days, fans are always curious about the next guys in line, and on Thursday night Florida offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier discussed the progress of freshmen quarterbacks Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask.
“Both those guys, those two young kids, their ceiling is so high,” Nussmeier said, appearing on ‘Gator Talk’. “They’re big physical guys, they can make all the throws.”
Franks, from Crawfordville, Fla., enrolled at Florida in January as a 4-star recruit and the fifth-rated pro-style quarterback prospect in the country.
At 6-foot-6 he certainly has the prototypical build for the position, and Nussmeier has been pleased with how he has adjusted to another level of competition through practices with the Gators.
“Feleipe has come so far in a short period of time,” he said. “He’s getting the (feel of) how it has to be done day to day. That’s a big thing a lot of people I don’t think focus on. (Incoming quarterbacks) have had such great success as young players and then they get to (this) level and it’s like, ‘Oh wow, everybody’s really good here.’ And (it’s about) learning to deal with that and understand that every day is not going to be easy, but we’re really happy with him.”
Trask, who also enrolled at Florida in January, was an especially interesting story coming out of Manvel, Texas, as a 3-star prospect.
Trask played behind Manvel starter D’Eriq King, who signed with Houston, but he still got some playing time, passing for 1,545 yards and 16 touchdowns with a 72-percent completion rate in limited action over his junior and senior seasons.
“I don’t know how many times we sat in the meeting and went back over and over the film. ‘OK, he was here in camp, well this guy was here too.’ … And it just came back to every time we put him in a situation waiting for him to fail, he succeeded. And a lot of the guys maybe that had more stars and a lot of other offers, maybe when the pressure got on Friday Night Lights, maybe (they weren’t) as good. And this guy just stayed steady,” Nussmeier said.
“And he is (today) what he was then. He’s very steady, he’s very composed, he’s very smart. He just doesn’t have a lot of snaps in games, so trying to create those situations, coach has done a great job on practice plans and getting extra snaps for those young quarterbacks. So he’s getting more and more snaps, and I really feel like both those guys just continue to get better each and every day.”
It sounds like the Gators have some very intriguing depth at the position now … and maybe some tough decisions to make at some point.
All recruiting rankings are from the 247Sports composite ratings.