Whatever hopes the Florida Gators have for the 2019 season just went up in smoke with this news:
The Red Sox announced the signing of five players in advance of Friday’s deadline including Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks, who will be assigned to an affiliate team at a later date.
Franks signed with Boston for $40,000, according to the Boston Globe, after being selected by Boston in the 31st round (No. 947 overall) of last month’s MLB draft despite not playing baseball for the Gators this season. Franks played baseball at Crawfordville’s Wakulla High and was rated the 500th player in the country prior to his senior season, according to Perfect Game.
In a statement after he was selected, Franks said he was flattered by the selection but added he is, “living out my dream being the quarterback of the Florida Gators” and is getting ready for the upcoming college football season.
I mean, obviously every Gator offensive lineman is going to be consumed with jealousy over Franks making bank and them not receiving a penny, amirite, amateurism romantics? Poof, there goes your team chemistry. Pass protection is going right in the toilet from where it was expected to be… oh, wait.