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Florida vs. Northern Colorado: Feleipe Franks to make second start for Gators

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The Gators will keep their redshirt freshman at QB1.

NCAA Football: Florida at Michigan Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

After Florida Gators redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks was pulled midway through the third quarter of the Gators’ dismal 33-17 loss to Michigan on Saturday, some worried that the Gators might not stick to their plan of using Franks as the quarterback of the now in order to make him their quarterback of the future.

Florida coach Jim McElwain dispelled those worries — at least for this week — on Monday, telling reporters in a Labor Day press conference that Franks will start for the Gators in their home opener against Northern Colorado.

Franks completed five of nine passes for 75 yards and got seven yards on the ground — including sacks — on five carries against the Wolverines. After fumbling in the third quarter, however, he was replaced by graduate transfer Malik Zaire, and did not return to the game despite Zaire being slightly less effective.

Franks will be the first redshirt freshman to start a game at quarterback in The Swamp since Will Grier did so against Ole Miss in 2015.

That game turned out pretty well, if I recall.