Franks an­nounces he is leav­ing Ga­tors

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Trask is 213-of-315 pass­ing (67.6%) for 2,636 yards and 24 touch­downs with six in­ter­cep­tions this season while also run­ning for three scores.

Mullen said ear­lier last month that Franks’ in­jury likely would have kept him out of spring prac­tices, put­ting him at a clear dis­ad­van­tage in the QB race.

If foot­ball doesn’t work out for Franks, he could ex­plore a base­ball ca­reer. The Bos­ton Red Sox se­lected him in the 31st round of the 2019 MLB draft and paid him a $40,000 sign­ing bonus.

Shortly af­ter he was drafted, Franks said he was com­mit­ted to play­ing foot­ball be­fore ex­plor­ing any base­ball op­tions.

Franks en­tered the 2019 with high ex­pec­ta­tions af­ter emerg­ing a season ago un­der Mullen’s guid­ance. Franks started the 2017 season as a red­shirt fresh­man but was benched three dif­fer­ent times by former coach Jim McEl­wain and lost con­fi­dence.

Last season, Franks ac­counted for 31 touch­downs, 24 pass­ing. He had 12 to­tal touch­downs and no turnovers dur­ing the team’s season-end­ing four-game win­ning streak.

Dur­ing the 2019 season opener, Franks had three turnovers dur­ing a 24-20 win against Mi­ami but was se­cure in the start­ing role un­til his season-end­ing in­jury at Ken­tucky.

TI­MOTHY D. EASLEY/AP

UF coach Dan Mullen and mem­bers of the train­ing staff con­sole quar­ter­back Feleipe Franks af­ter he suf­fered a dis­lo­cated and bro­ken right an­kle against Ken­tucky on Sept. 14.

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