Franks sees more room for growth amid best season yet
The Razorbacks head to Missouri after a week long break due to COVID-19 protocols. Led by former Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks, the Hogs will try to snap a 4-game losing streak to the Tigers.
With only two guaranteed games left, Franks, hoping to be drafted in the 2021 NFL Draft, has just 120 minutes–less than 150 snaps–to impress the scouts and move up draft boards. He's not currently on ESPN's list of top available quarterbacks but he's considered a late rounder by some analysts.
Proud but humble, Franks reflected on the season he's having in his first year as a Razorback.
"I wanted to obviously, first and foremost, help get wins," Franks said Tuesday. "Help Arkansas just get wins in the first place. My personal goal was obviously not a number, just always be at the top. So, as of right now, I'm short of that. But, I think it's good.
"I thought it has been good so far, but there's always room to improve. Always room for me to go out there and get more wins and help contribute to get more wins. It can get better. That's just me being hard on myself, critical and stuff. But it's been good so far."
Franks has accomplished his team goal, helping Arkansas get three SEC wins for the first time since 2016, and you wouldn't know it by his answer but he's also dramatically improved over even his best season at Florida.
In just 10 games, if he keeps up his average passing yards per game (252), Franks will have surpassed his total passing yardage from his 13-game season in 2018 (2457) and he'll probably finish 8th in the Arkansas record books for passing yards in a season.
His completion percentage is 68% compared to 58.4% in 2018 and his passes are averaging 2.2 more yards each. If that percentage holds, it'll be the highest ever recorded in a season by a Razorback QB. The best now is Kevin Scanlon's 66.2% from 1979.
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