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Dan Mullen: Feleipe Franks has improved more this offseason than all of last year

Mullen praised his quarterback’s jumps in leadership and accuracy since January.
Florida Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks (13) fakes a handoff to Lamical Perine last season against Florida State. (Times, 2018)
Florida Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks (13) fakes a handoff to Lamical Perine last season against Florida State. (Times, 2018)
Published Aug. 19, 2019

GAINESVILLE — Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks had one of the biggest year-over-year improvements in the country last season, and he seemed to get better as the season wore on.

That in-season jump? That’s just the beginning, coach Dan Mullen said Monday.

“I think he’s already improved more during the offseason than he did throughout last season on the field — in his performance and understanding the system and decision making and making plays,” Mullen said.

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“It is the big picture of the quarterback . It’s every intangible that comes with that. How do you manage the game? Your decision making, your leadership, your mental and physical toughness. All of those are aspects of things at the quarterback position that I think he’s taking huge strides at more than he’s completing a higher percentage of his passes.

“I’ve seen him do all the off the field stuff at a much, much higher level. It’s greater improvement from January to now than all of last season. With the leadership, we’ll see how he’s going to handle the highs and lows and the adversity that we’re going to face whether it’s adversity of success or adversity of defeat and how we handle all of that in between."