The Florida QB battle will certainly be one to keep an eye on throughout fall camp, and spring by no means settled the position.
Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask appear to be in a deadlock for the staring job, but early enrollee Emory Jones has the most upside of the three. Jones will likely play some in 2018, but it could be limited based on how things went this spring.
That means Franks and Trask will continue to push for the job potentially on into the season. During Saturday’s Orange and Blue game, Franks finished 8-of-12 for 117 yards and one passing TD while rushing for two TDs. Trask finished 12-of-24 for 178 yards and one passing TD. Jones finished with two passing TDs.
Here’s how Mullen assessed his QBs after Saturday’s scrimmage:
“I want to see a lot more out of them moving forward. I saw some really good things, I saw some missed simple things. And it gets into this feed of the decision-making comfort of the offense. I’ll watch them make a great read and get to a second or third read in their progressions pretty quickly, make a great throw, move the chains. And then the next one I’ll watch them miss the first read and try to launch one down the field or miss an easy throw that they should make. That’s part of the time frame. I’ll be honest there’s no more important position during the summer for those guys to work. On their own, every day, muscle-memory, taking steps, footwork, throwing motion, I don’t care if you’re even throwing to receivers. Everything over and over and over again so that they are much better players. We got 25. Of those 25, really four of them are game weeks so you’re down to 21. A couple of them are no helmets, or helmets only practices and a couple scrimmages so they have got to work so then they get comfortable and play on a consistent basis. I want to see the great plays, but then I want to see the consistent regular plays every single step.”
Florida hired Mullen in part because of his proven track record with QB development. From Alex Smith and Tim Tebow to Dak Prescott, it’s likely only that only Jones has that level of talent on the current roster.
Tebow last played for Florida in 2009, and it’s amazing we’re still talking about the lack of QB development at Florida.