Sunday, November 18, 2018
Florida Gators

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

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

Comments
No. 13 Florida rides Feleipe Franks’ arm to rout Idaho 63-10

No. 13 Florida rides Feleipe Franks’ arm to rout Idaho 63-10

GAINESVILLE — Feleipe Franks passed for 274 yards and three touchdowns — all in the first half — and No. 15 Florida ran up 600 total yards to rout overmatched Idaho 63-10 on SaturdayFlorida rolled to a 49-0 lead at halftime. Gators ...
Published: 11/17/18
Gators-Idaho, UCF-Cincinnati, bowl streaks in jeopardy and more state college football notes

Gators-Idaho, UCF-Cincinnati, bowl streaks in jeopardy and more state college football notes

Hopefully Florida and Idaho get to play an offensive snap this time, unlike in 2014.
Published: 11/16/18
Heisman Trophy watch: Kyler Murray catching up to Tua Tagovailoa

Heisman Trophy watch: Kyler Murray catching up to Tua Tagovailoa

It's still a two-man race, but the gap isn't as large as it seemed a few weeks ago.
Published: 11/16/18
The Florida Gators really do have a shot at a New Year’s Six bowl

The Florida Gators really do have a shot at a New Year’s Six bowl

UF moved up two spots to No. 13 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings ... which means they're in the hunt for a major bowl
Published: 11/13/18
Florida Gators’ Feleipe Franks didn’t see the signal, so he chose the game winner himself

Florida Gators’ Feleipe Franks didn’t see the signal, so he chose the game winner himself

"I just wanted to run somebody over," Florida Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks said.
Published: 11/12/18
Matt Baker’s AP Top 25 ballot: Little movement high, but Cincinnati enters

Matt Baker’s AP Top 25 ballot: Little movement high, but Cincinnati enters

The Florida Gators belong somewhere in the 12-19 blob.
Published: 11/11/18
Feleipe Franks silences critics in Florida Gators’ 35-31 comeback win over South Carolina

Feleipe Franks silences critics in Florida Gators’ 35-31 comeback win over South Carolina

Feleipe Franks was booed in the first quarter. He silenced the crowd twice with his finger and more than that with his play in a second-half rally.
Published: 11/10/18
Updated: 11/11/18
Matt Baker’s takeaways from Florida-South Carolina

Matt Baker’s takeaways from Florida-South Carolina

Florida WR Kadarius Toney's muffed punt was bad (and costly). But considering the moves he made on his 18-yard touchdown in the third quarter, the Gators can't give him the ball enough. He amassed 84 yards on his six offensive touches.RELATED: F...
Published: 11/10/18
UF journal: ‘Sleepwalking’ defense continues to cede points

UF journal: ‘Sleepwalking’ defense continues to cede points

GAINESVILLE —Florida's second 17-point comeback of the season shouldn't overshadow an important fact.The defense needs a lot of work.One year after producing one of the worst statistical seasons since World War II, the Gators' defense has done ...
Published: 11/10/18
Heisman watch: Welcome back, Will Grier

Heisman watch: Welcome back, Will Grier

Two Alabama players are worthy of discussion for the most prestigious award in college football
Published: 11/09/18