Dan Mullen discusses Feleipe Franks' transfer to Arkansas: 'I'm really happy for him'
Heading into his senior season, Feleipe Franks opted to leave Florida and transfer to Arkansas, which should give him a better chance to play in 2020.
There’s no hard feelings from Gators head coach Dan Mullen, who was asked about Franks’ decision during his National Signing Day press conference on Wednesday.
“I’m really happy for him,” Mullen said. “I wanted him to be able to get somewhere, as I told him, where he’s going to be able to highlight his skills, enjoy himself and make sure he’s on the field playing, and it looks like that’s going to work out for him there.”
Mullen doesn’t know exactly how Franks might fit into Arkansas’ offense — the Gators don’t play the Razorbacks in 2020, so he hasn’t watched tape of them — but he believes his former quarterback will make a positive impact.
In fact, Mullen even gave Franks an endorsement when speaking with other head coaches who were looking to potentially add the former Florida quarterback.
“I know he will do an amazing job, not just on the field but off the field as a leader, and he’ll help lift up that program,” Mullen said. “I talked to several coaches about him and said, ‘Hey, he is a guy that you want in your program. He’s a guy that will help lead in the offseason and raise the bar for everybody and work his tail off.’
Last season, Franks played in only three games before suffering a season-ending ankle injury. That led to Kyle Trask taking over as the Gators’ starting quarterback and playing well for them, which likely would have kept Franks off the field in 2020 had he stayed at Florida.
Now, Franks will try to lead another SEC program to success before eventually going to the NFL.