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ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit Has Strong Message To Florida QB Feleipe Franks

ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN's College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit had some harsh criticism for Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks following his performance in the Week 0 win over Miami.

Franks completed 17 of 27 passes for 254 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the win over the Hurricanes. He added a touchdown on the ground.

The Florida quarterback was quite animated on the field, getting into it with the crowd and punting the ball after the win. He also fired a subtle shot at ESPN analyst Desmond Howard following the win.

Herbstreit was highly critical of Franks on ESPN's College GameDay this morning.

Herbstreit had spoken at-depth about Franks' performance on his podcast earlier in the week.

“The most disappointing thing for me was all we talked about was how much Feleipe Franks was going to flourish in his second year, right, in Dan Mullen’s system,” Herbstreit said. “And, the way he ended ’18 with his four best games at the end of the year, and here he comes in after an entire offseason, he’s really going to really pick up where he left off. He had some decent moments, but man, he kind of looked like the same ole Feleipe Franks where it was inconsistent, erratic, emotional, and I think that’s what they had hoped he would kind of work to eliminate in the offseason.

“Again, it’s one game. I’m not saying that’s who he is in 2019, but if I were a Florida fan, especially Dan Mullen and the staff, I would love to see him go back and watch that film, and I’d film how he even acted on the sidelines at times, and say, ‘Where can we get better? You had some moments that were good, but Feleipe where can you get better as a quarterback and a leader of this team?’ Kind of use those emotions that he plays with and kind of control those and still play with that same fire, but I don’t think he needs to be as demonstrative and up and down with his emotions as he was last Saturday.”

Franks, a junior, will get another chance to impress in Week 2. The Gators are set to take on UT Martin at 7:30 p.m. E.T. on Sept. 7.