Florida names Feleipe Franks its starting QB

Quarterback Feleipe Franks (13) started eight games for Florida last season.Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

First-year Florida coach Dan Mullen selected Franks in what the Florida release characterized as a close competition with redshirt sophomore Kyle Trask and freshman Emory Jones.

Franks seemed to be the favorite from the start after playing 11 games, including eight starts, for the Gators last season as a redshirt freshman.

Mullen said, according to Fox Sports, that Franks ability to extend plays, some of his athleticism right now, will give us the best opportunity to win games.

Franks completed 54.6 percent of his passes last season for 1,438 yards and nine touchdowns while throwing eight interceptions.

Obviously, hes got a strong arm, Mullen said of the 6-foot-6 Franks, per Fox Sports. He can do some different things, make throws that a lot of people cant just on pure talent. I think hes got very good athletic ability. That can show in his ability to run the ball, show in his ability to scramble and extend plays.

Hes got good size to be a physical player. Hes not worried. Hes not nervous about being a physical player. Hes got some toughness that way. When you look at those things, those are some things that well build on.

Florida opens against Charleston Southern on Saturday.