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Quarterback competition to highlight Gators’ spring football game

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The defense has been rebuilt. Definitely, Gator fans are going to want to check it out.

Oh, and the play-makers are better at wide receiver. Those will be fun to see.

The offensive line is better. And the running game is solid. And …

Oh, never mind. You want to see the quarterbacks, don’t you?

If there is one overwhelming point of interest to this year’s Gators, who have their spring game tonight, it is the quarterbacks. With returner Luke Del Rio out, the competition has boiled down to two quarterbacks: Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask. One or the other of them has a chance to be the quarterback the Gators have been looking for since Tim Tebow left.

“I will say I’m excited how they’re playing,” coach Jim McElwain says. “It’s been good, we’ve been able to stretch it really good.

“They’ve done a great job, and yet, I kind of expected them to.

Franks threw three interceptions in last year’s spring game. This year, with increased knowledge of the offense, Gator fans can expect a smoother quarterback. He has shortened his release and improved on his decision making.

Whether it is Franks or Trask – and the job is just beginning – the Gators hope to have more of an impact player at the position than in the last two seasons.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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