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Ex-Florida Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks headed to Arkansas

The grad transfer will be eligible immediately.
Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Josh Allen (41) takes aim for Florida Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks (13) during a 2018 game.
Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Josh Allen (41) takes aim for Florida Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks (13) during a 2018 game. [ MONICA HERNDON | Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Jan. 21, 2020|Updated Jan. 21, 2020

Former Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks is staying in the SEC. He posted a photo of himself in an Arkansas uniform on Monday night with the caption New Beginnings, apparently announcing his commitment to the Razorbacks, which had been rumored for at least a few days.

Franks was a four-star recruit at UF and had an up-and-down career in Gainesville. He was embattled during his first season as a starter in 2017 but was one of the nation’s most improved passers the next year under Dan Mullen.

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The Crawfordville native began 2019 as the starter before suffering a season-ending ankle injury at Kentucky. Longtime backup Kyle Trask supplanted him, leading Franks to announce his intention to transfer or enter the NFL draft soon after the Gators’ regular season ended with a big win over Florida State.

Franks also could have pursued a pro baseball career as a Red Sox signee. He finished his UF career with 38 passing touchdowns and almost 4,600 passing yards.

Arkansas isn’t on UF’s schedule either of the next two seasons.

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