Feleipe Franks on decision to play in Texas Bowl: 'I want to finish what I started'
It’s been a growing trend in recent years for top college football players to not participate in their teams’ bowl games. Instead of playing one last time, they instead prepare for the upcoming NFL Draft and ensure that they don’t get injured.
But for Arkansas quarterback Feleipe Franks, he wants to lead the Razorbacks’ offense a final time. Arkansas is preparing to play TCU in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 31, and on Tuesday, Franks shared with the media why he isn’t skipping the matchup.
“I want to stay and I want to finish the season out, I want to finish what I started,” Franks told the media. “I came here to compete for a season, and that’s what I’m going to do. At the end of the day, I feel like I’ve gone to work week in and week out with these guys for 10 straight games. Why stop on the 11th?
“It’s just something for me, my pride, and just being able to go out there. I owe it to these guys, I owe it to Coach [Sam Pittman], all the guys that have been able to just welcome me into the program and just help me take care of my body when I first got here.”
After spending four years at Florida, Franks transferred to Arkansas for the 2020 season. In nine games with the Razorbacks, he’s passed for 2,107 yards, 17 touchdowns and four interceptions.
Entering the Texas Bowl, Arkansas is 3-7, having lost its final four games of the regular season. So, Franks and the Razorbacks will look to turn things around and finish the year strong.
Arkansas and TCU will kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Dec. 31 on ESPN.
Why did Feleipe Franks decide not to opt out of the Texas Bowl while others around the country are opting out of bowl games? pic.twitter.com/vOdixepiId
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