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Chomping at Bits: Feleipe Franks named Gators’ backup quarterback

Franks will be QB No. 2 behind Austin Appleby on Saturday.

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Austin Appleby to start; Feleipe Franks to be QB No. 2: Jim McElwain announced that Feleipe Franks will serve as Appleby’s backup. Appleby was named the starter yesterday. (Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel; Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun)

McElwain stated that he would not hesitate to play Franks if Appleby struggled:

“We're not afraid at any point of him playing. And yet, Austin is going to take those first snaps. We'll see where that piece goes as we move forward. We need a spark and Feleipe could be that guy.”

Injury updates for South Carolina game: Jarrad Davis has gone from “probably out” to ruled out. CeCe Jefferson, who was thought to be a game time decision, was not completely ruled out but Jim McElwain noted that it was highly doubtful that he would play. Alex Anzalone, Luke Del Rio, Cameron Dillard, Mark Herndon, and C.J. Worton are all still out. Chris Thompson and Tyrie Cleveland both returned to practice this week. (Nick de la Torre, Gator Country; Thomas Goldkamp, 247 Sports; Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun; Scott Carter, Florida Gators)

Florida football Wednesday press conference links:

UF to hold viewing party in The Swamp for LSU game: The game will be shown on the video boards inside the stadium. There will be food trucks, live music, and other activities at the event. Admission is free. (Daniel Apple, Florida Gators; Jake Rill, SEC Country)

Florida recruiting visits: As I mentioned in yesterday’s CAB, four official visitors, and a long list of unofficial visitors (listed in the linked article), are expected in The Swamp on Saturday. (Graham Hall, Gainesville Sun)

UF men’s basketball preparing to play first 11 games on the road: The Gators won’t play in the newly renovated O’Dome until December 21st. (Kevin Brockway, Gainesville Sun)

Recruits sign letters of intent for Florida: Men’s Basketball (Denver Parler, Florida Gators) / Softball (Herb Brooks, Florida Gators) / Women’s Basketball (Kathy Cafazzo, Florida Gators) / Volleyball (Zach Dirlam, Florida Gators) / Gymnastics (Mary Howard, Florida Gators)

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