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Florida Gators’ Feleipe Franks out six months with dislocated/fractured ankle

The timetable would have Franks returning sometime around spring practice.
Florida coach Dan Mullen consoles quarterback Feleipe Franks (13) as he lies injured on the field during the second half of the team's NCAA college football game in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. Florida won 29-21. [TIMOTHY D. EASLEY  |  AP]
Florida coach Dan Mullen consoles quarterback Feleipe Franks (13) as he lies injured on the field during the second half of the team's NCAA college football game in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. Florida won 29-21. [TIMOTHY D. EASLEY | AP]
Published Sep. 16
Updated Sep. 16

GAINESVILLE — Florida Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks will be out for six months after dislocating/fracturing his right ankle Saturday at Kentucky, coach Dan Mullen said Monday.

Mullen said Franks is scheduled to have surgery next Monday. The six-month timetable for his return would put Franks back sometime during spring practice.

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Mullen said Franks is “doing well,” all things considered.

“It’s a tragic deal to happen to anybody,” Mullen said. "I think you look at somebody that’s a great leader on our team, who has worked really hard to put himself in this position. To me — I don’t know if everybody sees it — I saw the huge strides he made from last year to this year in every aspect of his game, so it’s always a tragic deal when that happens for young guys.

"As everybody said, and everybody always forgets it, these guys are young kids still. He’s a young kid that’s worked his tail off to do something that he loves and has seen great improvement and then you have it yanked out because of an injury. It’s really a hard deal. But he was at the team meeting this morning. I told him to stay at home, but he was still at the team meeting this morning as positive as you can be in that situation.”

With Franks out, Mullen said UF will use both Kyle Trask and Emory Jones, starting Saturday against Tennessee.

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