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Seven of the SEC’s 14 spring games are already behind us, with five taking place last weekend, and two more will kick off this Friday and Saturday (Kentucky and Missouri, respectively).
Soon enough, summer will arrive, and with it little of major substance occurring in the college football world. So we’re going to maximize the time we do have to discuss the SEC gridiron while spring practice is still underway for half the conference. The weekend that was: A recap of sorts
Florida: The Feleipe Franks hype grows
By all accounts, the redshirt freshman quarterback enjoyed a commendable performance in the Gators’ spring game Friday night, completing 8 of 14 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown.
With incumbent starter Luke Del Rio sidelined all spring while recovering from two shoulder procedures, Franks and fellow redshirt freshman Kyle Trask have dominated the Florida QB talk of late. But the spring game underscored just how far ahead Franks, a former 4-star recruit, is compared to his competition.
Trask finished just 6 of 15 for 66 yards and an interception. True freshman Kadarius Toney also joined the mix at quarterback, and though his dual-threat skills make him an exciting newcomer, he naturally has some catching up to do to learn the scheme.
Del Rio will get a chance to keep his job in fall camp, and as Florida great Danny Wuerffel notes , fans shouldn’t totally count him out of the competition just yet. Del Rio may not have wowed anyone last fall, when he threw for 1,358 passing yards, 8 touchdowns and 8 interceptions in 6 starts, but he also played hurt. The redshirt junior should push Franks to continue getting better as the season approaches, at the very least.
Whether or not Franks starts against Michigan, Gators fans have to feel optimistic about his spring. Excluding Will Grier’s half season in The Swamp, they haven’t had a true passing threat under center since … well, Tim Tebow. Franks may not be there quite yet, but his arm talent alone has to give Florida hope that maybe the program’s quarterback drought is close to ending.
“I think he’s ahead. There’s no doubt about it,” coach Jim McElwain said of Franks. It’s remarkable how far Feleipe Franks’ fundamentals have come along in a year pic.twitter.com/ffuhL4mCVH — SEC Chalkboard (@SECchalkboard) April 10, 2017 Auburn: Jarrett Stidham looks like ‘the guy’
Weeks ago, I wrote that the Auburn quarterback job was Stidham’s to lose , and on Saturday the Baylor transfer looked the part of starter.
In one half of action, Stidham went 16 of 20 passing for 267 yards and added a 1-yard rushing touchdown. A 50-yard completion to Nate Craig-Myers highlighted his standout performance.
“I thought he managed the offense well,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. “I thought that he protected the football, that’s really where it starts. […]