Gators lose starting QB, still beat Kentucky

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) — Feleipe Franks, the redshirt junior quarterback for the No. 9 Florida Gators, was carted off the field in the third quarter of Saturday night's game at Kentucky after suffering a gruesome lower right leg injury.

Franks took the snap on fourth-and-1 with the Gators trailing 21-10 and was flushed out of the pocket. He turned back up field to try to get to get the first down but was swarmed 1 yard shy of the marker and bent backwards in half. The 6-foot-6, 238-pounder from Crawfordville, Florida, immediately went down in pain as the medical staff rushed out to the field.

Head coach Dan Mullen says Franks will not only miss the Tennessee game next week, but likely the rest of the season as well. Franks was 12-of-17 passing for 174 yards with one touchdown, one interception and a lost fumble on the evening . He threw for 524 yards four touchdowns and two interceptions in wins over Miami and Tennessee-Martin prior to this game.

The loss of Franks may not hurt the Gators as much as some might expect. Fellow red shirt junior Kyle Trask entered the game in Franks' place when the Gators got the ball back at the start of the fourth quarter, and led a furious comeback to secure a 29-21 win.