Florida Offense, Feleipe Franks Impressive in Gators 53-6 Drubbing of Charleston Southern

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ABOVE VIDEO: Highlights of the Gators 53-6 drubbing of FCS FCS-classed Charleston Southern in the season opener for both teams. (Video SEC Network)

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – Just what the debut of the Florida Gators under Dan Mullen truly revealed Saturday to a fanbase starved for anything that resembles excitement will play out over the course of the 2018 season.

There’s no arguing, though, that one statistic shouted “LOOK AT ME!” louder than any other in UF’s 53-6 bludgeoning of FCS-classed Charleston Southern in the season opener for both teams.

Feleipe Franks threw five touchdown passes in the first half.

The Gators threw 10 as a team during the entire 2017 season under the previous coaching staff.

Translation: Progress.

Franks, the redshirt sophomore whose rookie season starting eight games was defined mostly by inconsistency (and three-and-outs), completed 16 of 24 passes for 219 yards, with scoring strikes of 34, 6, 6, 3 and 3 yards to four different wide receivers before exiting the game at halftime with his team up 38-0.

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One of Franks’ touchdown throws, by the way, was a jump pass that harkened back to the days when Mullen was the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach calling plays for you-know-who.

The Gators (1-0) totaled 444 yards of offense, all but 90 coming in the first half with Franks in charge, while the UF defense limited the Buccaneers’ triple-option attack to 225 yards, only three by way of the pass.

ABOVE VIDEO: Dan Mullen gives his first post-game presser as the Gators new head coach. (Video FloridaGators.com)

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