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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. [MONICA HERNDON  |  Tampa Bay Times]
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
Updated Jan. 21

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.


  1. Dan Mullen, of Florida, speaks during the NCAA college football Southeastern Conference Media Days, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
  2. Florida Gators running back Lamical Perine (22) smashes into LSU Tigers safety John Battle (26) in the second quarter. (Bronte Wittpenn, Times)
  3. BRONTE WITTPENN   |   Times
Florida Gators wide receiver Trevon Grimes (8) catches the ball near the end zone in the third quarter in a game against LSU at Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at the University of Florida in Gainesville on Saturday, October 6, 2018.
  4. Florida forward Keyontae Johnson, shown here against Baylor on Jan. 25, 2020, scores a career-high 24 points on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in a win over Arkansas in Gainesville.
  5. Florida State quarterback James Blackman (1) throws during the first half of the 2019 season opener against Boise State in Tallahassee.
  6. Florida quarterback Kyle Trask (11) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the second half of the Orange Bowl against Virginia on Dec. 30 in Miami Gardens.
  7. In this 1980 file photo, Charley Pell celebrates his first victory as Florida Gators' coach, against Cal at Tampa Stadium.
  8. Florida basketball coach Mike White, shown here against Baylor on Jan. 25, 2020, continues to be frustrated by his team falling behind by large deficits early in games.
  9. Florida guard Andrew Nembhard shoots over Mississippi guard Devontae Shuler during a game Jan. 14, 2020, in Gainesville.
  10. South Florida Bulls tight end Mitchell Wilcox (89) makes a key reception with Temple Owls safety Amir Tyler (25) and Temple Owls linebacker Audley Isaacs (30) defending during the third quarter of the game between USF and Temple on Thursday, November 7, 2019, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
  11. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times Florida Gators wide receiver Brandon Powell (4) walks in Gator Walk before the Florida Gators game against Texas A&M, at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, in Gainesville, Fla.
  12. Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen will be in Tampa for part of his spring speaking tour.