What’s up with Florida Gators, FSU quarterbacks and more college football nuggets

Whatever you do, don't ask former Gators coach Will Muschamp about UF's quarterback situation
Will Muschamp will be back at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium again this weekend, on the opposing sideline (again). [ MONICA HERNDON | Times ]
Will Muschamp will be back at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium again this weekend, on the opposing sideline (again). [ MONICA HERNDON | Times ]
Published November 9 2018

UF still searching for a QB

With QB Kyle Trask (foot) apparently out for the year, Feleipe Franks will almost certainly be Florida's starter for the rest of the season. But it's still stunning that the No. 19 Gators' search for a successful long-term quarterback is ongoing since the end of the Tim Tebow era. Just don't ask former UF coach and current South Carolina coach Will Muschamp about it. "I've hit my quota," said Muschamp, whose Gamecocks will face Franks on Saturday.

Local of the week

Auburn WR Ryan Davis (Lakewood High)

With two catches against No. 5 Georgia, Davis will move past Courtney Taylor (153) for the most career receptions in school history. Not bad for a high school quarterback who became Pinellas County's all-time leading passer.

Eye on the NFL draft

Alabama OT Jonah Williams might be the Crimson Tide's top NFL prospect. So keep an eye on him against Mississippi State and its own star linemen, tackle Jeffery Simmons and end Montez Sweat. All three might end up as first-round picks.

‘GameDay’ breakdown

Given Clemson's talent advantage, Boston College will have to get creative to try to score points. So keep an eye on WR Jeff Smith. Because he was a quarterback at Clearwater Central Catholic, he's a versatile athlete who's helpful on trick plays. That explains his stat line (four touchdown catches, one touchdown rush and one touchdown pass). If the Eagles can spring the upset, Smith will probably be a big reason why.

Throwing with the Bulls

Despite a rough stretch, USF QB Blake Barnett is still on track to become the first 3,000-yard passer in school history. It'll be tough for him to chip away at the remaining 600 yards this weekend. Cincinnati's pass defense is in the top five nationally in yards per attempt (5.3) and efficiency (99.02), which is a big reason why the Bearcats are among the top Group of Five contenders for a New Year's Six bowl game.

Blackman vs Francois

FSU hasn't said who will start at quarterback, so here's how Deondre Francois compares to James Blackman under coach Willie Taggart:

Deondre Francois

60.9 completion percentage

7.3 yards per attempt

13 touchdowns

7 interceptions

22 sacks

132.1 rating

James Blackman

64.7 completion percentage

10.0 yards per attempt

5 touchdowns

1 interception

6 sacks