Franks transfers to Arkansas for 2020 season

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Feleipe Franks has announced his new home. He will play the 2020 season with the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Franks will remain within the Southeastern Conference with this announced move. He previously played with the Florida Gators.

Former Florida Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks looks on against the Virginia Cavaliers during the first half of the 2019 Capital One Orange Bowl
Feleipe Franks looks on against the Virginia Cavaliers during the first half of the 2019 Capital One Orange Bowl (Getty Images)

Due to the Gators quarterback room that will feature Kyle Trask and Emory Jones — along with a top quarterback recruit — it was unlikely that Franks would be the team’s starter once again. Franks lost the role in September after suffering a season-ending ankle injury against the Kentucky Wildcats.

This caused him to announce in December that he would either transfer as a grad transfer to play his final season of college eligibility, or pursue the 2020 NFL Draft. Due to a likely slow draft stock, Franks decided it was in his best interest to return to college football for another season.

Franks was the Gators starter for much of the last three seasons. He has gone 367 of 622 with 4,593 passing yards in 28 games. He had 38 touchdowns and 17 passes.

In addition, he had 189 carries for 438 yards and eight touchdowns. He also had three receptions for eight yards.

This past season before his injury with the Gators, he went 54 of 71 for 698 yards in four games. He also threw five touchdown passes and three interceptions.

The Razorbacks had several players, who threw at least a pass during the 2019 season. In fact, there were eight players, who threw at least one pass.

Nick Starkel — who will be a senior in 2020 barring a transfer — went 96 of 179 for 1,152 yards. He had seven touchdowns passes and 10 interceptions.

Ben Hicks — who played his final collegiate season with the Hogs — had a significant impact, as he went 65 of 137 for 738 yards. He had two touchdown passes and two interceptions.

Franks would have to beat out Starkel and the other quarterbacks to be the team’s starter in his final year of eligibility.

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