Orange & Blue Debut Primer: Another QB Battle and More

Gators head coach Jim McElwain is flanked by quarterbacks Feleipe Franks, left, and Kyle Trask, right, on the way to a recent practice. (Photo: Tim Casey/UAA staff photographer) GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Jeff Driskel vs. Jacoby Brissett. Will Grier vs. Treon Harris. vs. . If you are a Gators fan, no explanation required.

If new to these parts, those are Florida’s latest quarterback battles.

Next up: vs. .

Franks and Trask take off their robes tonight and step onto the field for the Orange & Blue Debut spring game, their first opportunity in front of a curious crowd to stake a claim to the job heading into the 2017 season. Franks is considered the front-runner as the Gators cap their third spring camp under head coach . But nothing is written in ink on the depth chart.

As storylines go, the Franks-Trask battle is the one in bright lights on the imaginary marquee outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. All eyes will be on them.

Still, tonight’s game features much more than Florida’s latest attempt to find its next starting quarterback.

Here are some items of interest to whet your football appetite in the Gators’ final showcase until next season arrives:

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In recent years Florida’s offense has been scrutinized as much as any unit in college football. While the bulk of the attention has focused on the lack of consistent success at quarterback, the offense’s skill players have not avoided criticism.

What stands out on the current roster is the depth of potential playmakers the Gators have accrued.

The backfield is in good shape with , and . Tight ends , and true freshman form an above-average unit. Meanwhile, receivers , , , , and give the Gators arguably their best group of wideouts since the days of Percy Harvin and Co.

***** REVAMPED STAFF McElwain’s coaching staff remained relatively intact in his first two seasons other than Kirk Callahan being replaced by Torrian Gray as defensive backs coach after the 2015 season. There are several changes entering his third season.Gray left for the NFL and was replaced by . Offensive line coach Mike Summers left for Louisville and was replaced by . Defensive coordinator Geoff Collins’ departure to become head coach at Temple set off a chain of events, starting with linebackers/co-coordinator coach taking over as defensive coordinator. Former running backs coach moved over to coach linebackers and was hired from West Virginia to coach running backs.***** GRITTIER OFFENSIVE LINE Before he was dry from a Gatorade bath at the end of Florida’s win over Iowa in the Outback Bowl, McElwain emphasized the need for a more aggressive and tougher offensive line. The addition of Davis, an undersized guard who overachieved as a player at Oklahoma, has taken on that challenge in spring camp.Davis coaches like he played: with an attitude. No compatible source was found for this media.The Gators return four of five starters from last season with the biggest difference being junior ‘s move from left guard to left tackle after opted to forgo his […]