Feleipe Franks apologizes to Florida fans after shushing them

first_imgFeleipe Franks led Florida to a comeback victory vs. South Carolina on Saturday, and he did it while proving a point.Throughout the game, Franks was seen visibly shushing the crowd — at home. Usually you see opponents come in and shush the crowd as a way to rile up the opponents. But it’s very rare to see a player, let alone a standout position like quarterback, turn against his own “fans.” MORE: Week 11 college football scores and highlightsBut Franks had a reason to not appreciate the cheers from the home crowd. After a disappointing effort last week vs. Missouri (he completed 9 of 22 passes) which eventually led to him being benched, several fans were heard booing the quarterback.In addition, fans cheered loudly when backup quarterback Kyle Trask came in and completed his first pass. In a way, having the backup QB get cheered for a completion is like another version of beeing booed: He’s being applauded for something you couldn’t do.The boo birds returned early in Saturday’s game vs. South Carolina after Franks missed a receiver early.Still, it’s a bold move by Franks to openly quiet his own crowd, especially after he did it on his third score of the game, which sealed the Gators’ 35-31 victory. They were down 31-14 at one point.Franks did it again. pic.twitter.com/mbIoro4zS1— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) November 10, 2018After the game, Franks admitted that he maybe shouldn’t have shushed the crowd.”That’s the way I play my game, so I do apoligize for that,” he said. Gators running back Lamical Perine, however, said he also booed and didn’t really have any regrets for it.”I hushed the crowd today, honestly. if you want to be real. So I don’t put that against him. I just feel like he’s a competitor. That’s something he does,” he said. “It can hurt him sometimes and also it can help, like today.”🤫🤫 pic.twitter.com/FKhB7QjuyV— Nick de la Torre (@NickdelaTorreGC) November 10, 2018Franks also said it was an important game for him.”I feel like this one was, for myself, one of my more emotional games,” he said. Coach Dan Mullen also talked a bit about Franks’ emotions during the game.“He’s an emotional kid. I told him he was going to get booed. I’ve been here before,” Mullen said. “I thought he did a really good job of running the football. He ran the ball physical, he ran the ball harder. I think that kept him on edge.”Mullen says it did bother him that Franks shushed the crowd, but… “What is he, 19 years old? 20? What bothers me a lot more – stay the hell off social media.” #Gators— Matt Baker (@MBakerTBTimes) November 10, 2018Franks finished the game completing 15 of 21 passes for 161 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. He also added 36 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.last_img