While it is still so early that the 2018 bowl match-ups have not been decided, it is never too early for Florida to have a 2019 quarterback controversy.
The person to take snaps from under center in 2019 will likely be the most talked about subject by fans during the long off-season.
Sure, Feleipe Franks had plenty of struggles in 2018. He may have even lost his starting job following the Missouri debacle, had Kyle Trask not of been injured during practice the following week.
Not so fast though. Feleipe Franks absolutely lit things up in the final three games of the 2018 regular season. The embattled quarterback accounted for
689 pass yards, seven touchdowns, zero interceptions, 103 yards rushing and three rushing touchdowns.
These incredible numbers propelled the Gators to a come-from-behind victory over South Carolina, a blowout of Idaho and a sweet crushing of the Seminoles. Don’t think that the Idaho game really padded Franks’ stats that much… he did not play for a full two quarters in that game before being benched to rest.
Quarterback controversy isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Having more than one serviceable quarterback behind center is a luxury that Gator fans have not been able to enjoy since the days of Urban Meyer.
So will it be Emory Jones, who spent all of this season learning Mullen’s spread attack while wearing a redshirt, with the keys to the offense in 2019? Or highly touted 2019 recruit Jalon Jones, who boasts freak-of-nature athletic ability?
On the other hand, can you really take the job away from Franks, who has closed the regular season with such great command of the offense?
For a team that struggled to find production from a decent quarterback for a decade, this is a good problem to have. This is the right kind of quarterback controversy.
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