Florida’s Feleipe Franks calls baseball a ‘backup plan’

first_img Lincoln Riley on Jalen Hurts starting at Oklahoma: ‘If he wins the job, then we’ll talk about that’ “I haven’t thrown in a while, so I wasn’t perfect, but I was in the strike zone,” Franks said. “I threw 88, 89 (in high school). I threw harder (for the Red Sox), but I don’t know how. I really haven’t picked up a baseball in four or five years. I don’t know — it just came natural.”Franks is slotted to be the Gators’ starting quarterback this season. Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks has a chance to play professional baseball, but that wouldn’t be his first choice.”My career is football,” he said Monday at SEC media days, via ESPN. “My main focus is football (in) college, then hopefully a career in the NFL. Then (baseball) is kind of like a backup plan, backup job.” The Red Sox selected Franks in the 31st round of last month’s MLB Draft and he will “report to a club (in the team’s system) at a date to be determined,” the team announced.He hasn’t played baseball since his junior year in high school, when he was a pitcher, but he said his velocity was actually up in a workout with the Red Sox leading up to the draft. Related News He threw for 2,457 yards with 24 touchdowns and six interceptions for Florida last season as the Gators went 10-3 on the year and won the Peach Bowl 41-15 over Michigan.”Maybe when football is done, maybe (Franks) has a future in baseball,” Gators coach Dan Mullen said Monday. “I’d be really excited for him and really happy for him. I’m glad it was the Red Sox. I’m a big Red Sox fan.”Franks is a redshirt junior and is not currently ranked in ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr.’s top five underclassman quarterbacks. At 6-6, 240 pounds, he has the frame to be an NFL quarterback, it’s just a matter of how he develops in Mullen’s offense this season.last_img

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