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Quarterbacks will star in Florida’s spring game on Friday night

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The Florida Gators are getting close to a decision on their quarterback, but coach Jim McElwain isn’t ready to tip hand quite yet. The Gators, who play their spring game Friday night, are still deciding between redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask. “I think it’s starting to sort itself out,” McElwain told reporters. “The natural question is “what is soring itself out. You’ll find out.” Franks has handled first-team snaps this spring. But Trask isn’t far behind. McElwain said…

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Gators’ fans continue to search for their next great quarterback

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There is one question that dominates the Univesity of Florida football team. It isn’t about linebackers. It isn’t about receivers or runners or defensive backs. It isn’t about opponents or guards or defenders. At Florida, the question is always about quarterbacks. This spring, with a shoulder injury to incumbent Luke Del Rio, the Gators have been turned over to redshirt freshmen Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask. The Gators haven’t had an impact quarterback since Tim Tebow in 2009. That has…

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Quarterbacks try to lead teams to Super Bowls in NFL playoffs

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If the name of the game was not called “football,” it would be called “quarterback.” And so it is that this weekend’s conference championship games revolve around the man taking the snap, the man throwing the passes, the man calling the audibles. This weekend is mainly about Tom Brady, and Aaron Rodgers, and Matt Ryan, and Ben Roethlisberger. They are the players in the spotlights and the headlines. And if their teams are going to the Super Bowl, they will…

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So far, Deondre Francois has been a bright spot for FSU

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A few things have been established in the first six weeks of the college football season. One: FSU has run into some pretty good quarterbacks on the other sideline. Two: FSU’s defense has been exploited, although it played fairly well against Miami. Three: The end of the game is a fine time to block an extra point. Then there is this: The Seminoles have found a keeper in quarterback Deondre Francois. Francois, a freshman, was thrust into the starting role…

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Bucs’ coach Dirk Koetter thinks the Bucs can make a big turnaround

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He said it. Dirk Koetter, professional coach and the man who knows the Tampa Bay Bucs better than anyone, said the phrase “16-0” on Tuesday. Yes, he was talking about his Bucs. Wow. Koetter was asked about the Bucs, and the possibility of the team going from 6-10 to 10-0. And suddenly, he was talking about being undefeated. “I hope this team goes from 6-10 to 16-0, myself,” Koetter said. “But I think the most important thing in any team…

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State’s quarterbacks will have to prove that they’re among the elite nationally

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The past is good. But how about the present? After a week of reflecting back on the best quarterbacks to play for each program, isn’t it time to wonder about the season to come? And, specifically, do the programs of Florida have enough quarterbacking to make runs at their conference titles? Certainly, they will not be quarterback-driven teams. Florida’s schools are hoping for surprises (such as the Gators’ Will Grier was last year before his PED suspension). They’re hoping for…

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Quarterback Week: Former UCF star Blake Bortles leads the way for small colleges

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They pass in other places, too. Florida is a quarterback’s state, what with eight Heisman Trophy winners leading championship teams. But all of the quarterbacks have not just been at Florida, FSU and Miami. There have been quality quarterbacks at the other state schools, too. For instance, you have had two No. 1 draft choices. You have had other NFL players. Quarterbacks have led the way for UCF, for USF, for FAU and for FIU. Here then, in Quarterback Week…

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