Florida kicked off its 2017 spring season on Tuesday with redshirt freshmen QBs Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask splitting the first-team reps.

As Luke Del Rio recovers from a shoulder injury, the two young signal callers will get plenty of action as they try to win the starting job.

After Tuesday’s practice, coach Jim McElwain wasn’t ready to name either Franks or Trask the starter, but he did say he likes what both of them can do with the ball, according to FloridaGators.com:

“Those guys aren’t afraid to put the ball down the field,” he said. “There’s no doubt about it. We’ve got a couple of guys that can chase it down. I think we’ve got a chance to really push the ball down the field.”

As the Gators prepare to go for a third-straight SEC East title in 2017, having improved quarterback play, whether from Del Rio or one of the younger players, will be a big key.

If the Florida offense is as stagnant as it was in 2016, the Gators will likely be passed up in the division standings. However, if Franks and Trask have anything to say about it, the Gators’ offense will have a little more firepower when the fall season starts.