Feleipe Franks comments on signing with Boston Red Sox
In the post-Draft-to-pre-Media Days dog days of the SEC football offseason, fans worry about seeing their team’s starting quarterback in the headlines. Breaking news in June for current college football players typically involves either trouble with the law, transferring or an injury. Florida QB Feleipe Franks managed to make the headlines, however, for a different reason: baseball.
In June, the Boston Red Sox decided to take a flyer on Franks with a 31st-round pick in the MLB Draft. After he was selected, Franks put out a statement through Florida athletics communications making it clear that he was focused on football. The Franks-Red Sox story popped up again Friday when the organization announced it had signed him to a contract.
There’s no need to panic, Gators fans. Baseball is still just a fall-back option for Franks. The redshirt junior talked to Florida’s in-house reporter Scott Carter for a Q&A ahead of the upcoming SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama.
“I haven’t played like in five years, but it was great,” Franks told Carter about signing with Boston. “They gave me the opportunity to play baseball for a great organization. It’s just a great opportunity I have that maybe I could lean my shoulder on one day, once football is over with. It’s something that just happened.”