I heard you. Now shut up.

Andy Staples thinks Feleipe Franks summoned up his inner Tim Tebow in last year’s Florida-South Carolina game.  No, really.

But Franks also heard the in-person assessments of his performance at The Swamp. Those boos wormed their way into his earholes until, finally, he decided to silence them. That moment came on third-and-3 from the South Carolina 10-yard line on Nov. 10. The play was QB Power, and the 6’6″, 243-pound Franks barreled his way into the end zone. As he rose from the ground, he ran toward the stands and put his right index finger to his facemask. The message was clear

This wasn’t the first time a Florida quarterback had shushed a crowd. In 2007, Tim Tebow briefly quieted the crowd at LSU’s Tiger Stadium by pretending his hand was a phone after a touchdown. That week, LSU pranksters had circulated Tebow’s number, and he’d gotten some calls. But the purple and gold masses didn’t stay quiet long. Ultimately, LSU won that game. Still, that’s an interaction between a player and a hostile road crowd. How often do players shush their own team’s fans? Here’s a better question. How often do they do it twice? Because in that South Carolina game, Franks shushed The Swamp again after scoring the go-ahead touchdown with 4:09 remaining to seal a 35–31 win that required two comebacks from at least 14 down.

I mean, beating a Will Muschamp-coached team that went on to finish 7-6 in your home stadium is clearly the stuff of legends.

If getting pissed off at Gator fans was all it took to elevate your game, there would be a lot more legendary SEC quarterbacks than there are.

I keep looking at Florida’s roster and then matching that up with the general impression the national media has of the team’s outlook for 2019 and have this general sense of disconnect.  What am I missing?

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19 responses to “I heard you. Now shut up.

  1. ECD

    They beat Michigan and have a coach that does nothing but flaps his wings

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  2. 3rdandGrantham

    Agreed, and I’ve been saying for several months that UF will be nowhere near the team many are expecting next year. Aside being trounced by UGA, they had two very close wins over Vandy and SCU towards the end of the year – both at home. And for some bizarre reason, they are being given a ton of credit for beating a mediocre at best Michigan team that just gave up the most points ever (62) in the OSU rivalry.

    And when you look objectively at their roster, you’ll see a team that lost some considerable D talent, which is being replaced by fairly ho-hum talent based on their last 3-4 recruiting classes. Finally, their OL is a mess and will be a big weak spot for them this year.

    Overall, I see UF taking a step back and losing streak least 3 games next year, and the grumbling over whether Mullen is viable moving forward becoming quite loud.

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    • Will Adams

      Here in Jacksonville, all the guys on the radio, as well as the plethora of FU fans in this city, view the cocktail party this past year very different than how you put it. In their minds they were very close to getting the win and therefore did not get trounced, as you put it. They always say, “hey, we had the lead in the 3rd quarter” and then like to focus on the goal line stand. The one’s that do realize that their team ended up losing by a decent margin like to say how bad FU played that day. The delusion is strong with the gator faithful.

      I was having a conversation with a gator fan the other day about the game. I mentioned to them how it might seem like it was just a bad game for the gators but I’ve always noticed how most teams have a bad game when the other team is just better than them and whipping their asses all day long. So most likely, when they meet again next season, FU will probably have just another bad game because Georgia is bringing back the majority of their team from last year. Yet they’ll try to chalk it up to just another outlier on what is otherwise a national championship caliber team.

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  3. RandallPinkFloyd

    Andy trying to convince himself is alma mater is back I suppose. Maybe Florida will replace Texas as the question everyone asks every time they beat a decent opponent – “Is Florida back?”.

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  4. 81Dog

    You’re not missing anything you wouldn’t have gained by hitting yourself hard in the forehead several times with a hammer. All feleipe has in common with Tebow as a QB is they’re both protein based life forms

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  5. TimberRidgeDawg

    The national media think Florida is supposed to be a perennial title contender because most of them seem to think that Florida football only existed during the Spurrier and Urban era. Take those two out and they are historically pretty mediocre. Given the right coach they can be great but Mullen in neither Spurrier or Urbs. He got way too much credit at Miss St. for beating LSU and Auburn early in the season with Dak when they were highly ranked (both of those teams ended up losing 5 games that season). Miss St. ended that season losing three in a row, including a beat down by Paul Johnson, and that was Mullen’s high water mark as a head coach.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      I don’t think he’s a good enough coach to do more than maybe win the East when things break right (assuming he’s given that kind of time), but you’re undervaluing his job at Mississippi State. That is a terrible program, and he consistently got them bowl eligible and sometimes better for nearly a decade.

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  6. Biggus Rickus

    This was the moment that inspired Jordan Scarlett and Lamical Perine to both go over 100 yards. I’ll give Franks some credit for being more efficient than usual passing in that game, but South Carolina’s atrocious run defense was the reason Florida came back. That and the lack of anything consistent on offense from them.

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  7. dawgfan1995

    The biggest thing to me is to look at the line play. I know — conventional wisdom and all — but UF is replacing 4 of its 5 starters on the O-Line. That will make things more difficult, to say the least, for Mullen.

    Maybe it’s just that the media loves Mullen and wants Florida football to be good again like some nostalgia play. To be fair, having another good team in the East would help legitimize how good Georgia is or might be from year to year.

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    • Classic City Canine

      If we need quality opponents in the East, I’d like to see Kentucky and Vandy rise up. Florida can lose every game they play from here to eternity as far as I’m concerned.

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  8. St. Johns Dawg

    Just enjoying the UF ride right now … Everything is falling against them in so many subtle ways. Started when they refused to meet Scott
    Frost’s demand to bring all of his assistant coaches to UF, so he went to Nebraska instead (true story). You reap what you sow and as a Dawg fan I’m so glad these days are here.

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  9. Yes it was JUST LIKE that time where Tebow was incessantly booed by his own fans at home until he told them to STFU after scoring a touchdown. So yea, it was Frank’s moment of glory ya’ll.

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    • Russ

      Yeah, was about to say the same. One was a Florida player shushing the opposing fans. The other was a Florida player shushing HIS OWN FANS at home. Exactly the same thing. Except it wasn’t.

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  10. Comin' Down The Track

    I’ll give Andy a little bit of a break because of this: Ultimately, LSU won that game. Still, that’s an interaction between a player and a hostile road crowd. How often do players shush their own team’s fans? Here’s a better question. How often do they do it twice?
    He is kind of pointing out the flaws in his own argument with that.

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  11. Doug

    Franks ain’t nothin’ special. As I recall, Jake Fromm’s pretty good at shushing a Florida crowd, too.

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  12. Jack Klompus

    Apparently, they’re the 2019 version of 2018s SECe sleeper, South Carolina.

    I don’t think you’re missing anything. They have very good first line talent there and that’s about as deep as the sports writers get. The difference being we have good first and second line talent and as we’ve seen, that all starts to make a difference half-way through the 3rd quarter. I’m excited to have another second string Oline that would start for the majority of SEC schools.

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  13. stoopnagle

    Hey, y’all. Y’all ruining my summer by throwing ice on the GATOR HYPE™. Stop pointing out all the flaws here and get on board with the Florida machine that’s going to challenge in the East. It’s all falling in to place! Second year coach momentum! Returning QB is awesome! Grantham staying in G’ville and will only make their D better! Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!!!

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    • The 2019 UF narrative has replaced the 2018 USCe narrative. It’s odd to me that UF has been forgiven for being blown out of their home stadium by both Kentucky and Mizz. In fact, I see no reason to believe UF will even be competitive with Mizz in 2019 given their recent history unless Mizz rolls over due to ineligibility.

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  14. Salty Dawg

    I don’t think you missed anything, Senator. The gayturds are delusional as usual, and sportswriters have to have something different to write about. They know the Dawgs are on top but they are trying to get clicks by taking a different spin.

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