Yesterday, Coach McElwain announces Feleipe Franks will be the starting quarterback and two more suspensions related to credit card fraud allegations.
All eyes were on Jim McElwain yesterday as he stepped up to the podium for his post-practice press conference. Most tuned in to hear about the growing number of suspensions for the Gators. Despite the concerns over the status of the credit card fraud situation, ears perked up when McElwain named Franks the starter against Michigan.
Suspensions Continue to Drip, Drip, Drip
First things first, McElwain confirmed that Jordan Scarlett and Rick Wells are being suspended for Saturday in relation to the credit card allegations that have already sidelined seven players. Gators fans are hoping this is the last of the suspensions. If suspensions continue, this could prove to be a distraction that will overshadow what happens on the field.
McElwain announces Feleipe Franks as the Starting Quarterback
Many cynics think McElwain’s announcement of his starting quarterback was all too convenient. Despite this feeling, many Gators fans are relieved to hear that Franks will be under center on Saturday. Since there is a major distraction surrounding this team it only makes sense to name your quarterback.
McElwain was careful not to completely commit to Franks as his starter. When asked by Gator Country beat reporter Nick de la Torre, “It’s Feleipe’s game? It’s not a situation where he’s the starter…” McElwain was quick to interject and say “We have a plan.” Furthermore he laughed off the question and did not go into further detail about that plan. Even though he is naming Franks the starter, the gamesmanship between McElwain and Harbaugh continue.
Expect to see some packages for Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire. He may get an opportunity in some third and shorts or even 4th down situations. His mobility brings an added dimension for Michigan to deal with. That being said, Franks’ announcement as the starter is a significant step towards the redshirt freshman’s development.
Full press conference here: