Feleipe Franks’ future with Florida is no longer in doubt as he posted a heartfelt and emotional message to Instagram thanking the Gator Nation for its support.

“My heart is heavy, there will be a lot that is missed,” Franks wrote. “I plan on exploring my options of entering the NFL Draft, or playing my final year elsewhere. Thank you everybody for believing in me, especially all my teammates I’ve played with here.”

In September at Kentucky, Franks suffered a season-ending injury to his lower right leg.

“They feel pretty certain that there was a break with the dislocation and he’ll be done for the season,” Mullen told reporters after the game.

Mullen later added that the recovery process should take six months.

Franks finished the season in 3 games going 54-for-71 passing for 698 yards with 5 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Last year, Franks started all 13 games at quarterback, and passed for 2,457 yards with 24 touchdowns and 6 interceptions on the season. He also had a team-high tying 7 rushing touchdowns. He led the Gators to a 10-3 record and No. 6 final ranking in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll.

It appears that Franks has elected to pursue a football career. The Boston Red Sox drafted Franks in the 31st round of the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft, with the 947th overall selection.


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