QB Feleipe Franks, Arkansas
HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL): Crawfordville, FL (Wakulla)
247 RATING: .9732
POSITION RANK: 14
Passing: 4,593 yards (59.0%), 38touchdowns, 17 interceptions
Rushing: 438 yards (2.3 ypc), 8 touchdowns
Passing: 698 yards (76.1%), 5 touchdowns, 3 interceptions
Rushing: 68 yards (3.2 ypc), 1 touchdown
Feleipe Franks Breakdown
– Arm strength
– Ball placement
– Underrated runner
– Keeps plays alive
– Decision making
– Overconfidence in arm
– New receivers
– New offense
It’s unfortunate that Feleipe Franks lost his 2019 season to injury, because he was off to a phenomenal start (the best of his career). In just three games, he completed 76.1% of his passes, and made a number of impressive throws. While that was a small sample size, it’s the best he’s done in the first three games of any season. Franks has great arm strength with accuracy, but his strength at times leads to overconfidence and can be a weakness.
Throwing an accurate football plagued Franks at times in his first two seasons as the starter, but he worked to correct that in the offseason. Now, it’s a strength. Franks gives his receivers a great chance to catch the ball without losing speed, and it’s not often they must adjust their bodies to make a difficult catch. He can throw a dart right to their chest, or he can lead them with a pass to keep them running. His arm continues to be his biggest strength, and it only gets better with repetition.
At 6’6″, he has the long arms that allow him to put some serious spin on the football. It also gives him extra time to let his receivers create more separation downfield as he know he’s able to make any throw. At times that leads to him making poor decisions when he could just throw the ball away. There’s not a lack of confidence in his game, but sometimes he needs to live to fight another day.
An underrated part of his game is running. Since he’s tall, the naturally assumption is he can’t run well. While he’s not a burner, Franks is more than capable of breaking out a big run to pick up a first down, and has some quickness to elude pass rushers. The health of his leg remains a question going into the season, but a healthy Franks gives Arkansas a legitimate passing threat. His game needs a few tweaks, but they won’t be huge changes. Getting back to full strength will be the goal, and another season could yield a career year.