On Tuesday, redshirt freshman quarterback Jake Allen announced his transfer from the University of Florida only three days after the Orange and Blue Game.
It is likely that Dan Mullen and the Florida Gators are now on the hunt for another quarterback to add to their roster. The question is whether they will pick up another recruit out of high school or if they’ll go after a transfer.
With fierce quarterback competitions at other schools around the nation, there is no shortage of possible transfers.This includes names as big as Jalen Hurts if Tua Tagovailoa gets the starting position in Tuscaloosa.
In Gainesville, the competition is just as intense. Franks and Allen were the two prominent quarterbacks at the Orange and Blue Game. However, Trask and Jones both got a chance to show their stuff. Allen’s departure won’t make it any easier for Mullen and his coaching staff to name a starter for the 2018 season.
Franks has experience playing in the Swamp with the pressure of thousands of fans chanting ‘Orange’ and ‘Blue’, but is that enough to name him the #1 man? He has an accurate throwing arm that can deliver long balls down the field but tends to perform poorly under a lot of pressure outside of the pocket.
In the 2017 season, he failed to get rid of the ball on numerous occasions, costing the Gators yardage and making it harder for the offense to convert. With a little coaching, this could easily be fixed.
Trask, who is often overlooked by fans, could also be up for the job. Watching him operate, he is comfortable and accurate on the field and looks great with Mullen’s restructured offense. So, why hasn’t he been given his shot yet? Mullen could be the man to get him on the field.
Freshman Emory Jones is an athlete that fans were excited to see play for the first time. As he stepped onto the field at the Spring Game, chatter erupted in the Swamp. His first play was a handoff, but later in the game, he was able to show off his natural ability. Jones is a great fit for Mullen’s spread attack, and his ability to run the ball will be beneficial to the Gators when they play teams with strong pass defenses. The only issue with Jones is that he has no experience playing in such a large setting, and that pressure can be intimidating. If he gets playing time this season, either as the #1 guy or as a backup, it will be interesting to see how he performs under pressure.
Regardless of who Mullen and his coaching staff name starter, the Florida Gators are still in need of a fourth quarterback on their roster. Picking up a walk-on recruit out of high school is an option but leaves them with another quarterback that is used to playing in front of a few hundred people, not 90,000. A transfer would be a smart move.