The Florida Gators had their annual spring game in Gainesville, Friday night, so Gator fans can see what to expect of the 2017 football season. However, it was also a game to see who would be the starting quarterback for the 2017 season.
This is an important component of this 2017 season team because for the past two seasons, the Gators have not had a consistent quarterback.
At the beginning of the 2015 season, they had Will Grier, who brought hope of a championship title, but the hope fell sour when he got in trouble with the National Collegiate Atheltic Conference (NCAA) for using a performance enhancement supplement. Treon Harris had to step in and play for the rest of the season. He got the job done leading the team to a 10-4 season, but many of the games were a struggle.
In 2016, the Gators started Luke Del Rio has their quarterback. Del Rio was no Grier, but he was able to carry the team. The offense line could not however, and with a weak offense line, the quarterback cannot succeed. Del Rio started in six games that season, but then injured his right shoulder, which put him out for the rest of the season. Coach Jim McElwain was forced to bring in Purdue transfer, Austin Appleby, as starting quarterback. Appleby was not the best, but led the team to a final 9-4 record for the season.
At the Orange & Blue Debut game we saw both prospective starting quarterbacks, Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask. Franks showed his ability on the field with a slight struggle, but led the Orange team to victory with a 31-0 win over the Blue team. Meanwhile, Trask was having a difficult time getting the Blue team down the field. It was normal behavior as the Orange team were first-string players and the Blue team were second-string players.
With both of these new quarterbacks coming into the picture, the Gators have a future of building a strong team with a leader they have been missing for the last two seasons. If nothing goes wrong this season, the Gators will prosper, not this season, but definitely the next.