Florida Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks will have another professional sports option if football doesn’t work out.
The Boston Red Sox drafted UF’s starter as a right-handed pitcher Wednesday in the 31st round (No. 947 overall). Franks last played baseball as a junior at Crawfordville’s Wakulla High, before he enrolled early at UF.
The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Franks started all 13 games for the Gators and was one of the nation’s most improved passers last season. He finished with 24 touchdown passes and six interceptions. The Peach Bowl’s top offensive player also rushed for seven scores.
The Gators said Franks got the news he was drafted as he walked out of a quarterbacks meeting. And no, he’s not planning on pursuing baseball right now.
“I’m flattered that the Red Sox picked me this afternoon,” Franks said through UF. “However, I’m living out my dream being the quarterback of the Florida Gators. We’re all working extremely hard this offseason and I cannot wait to hit the field this fall.”