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Feleipe Franks may have left Florida, but he may not be leaving the SEC.  Possibly.

In early December, Franks had announced that he would be taking his leave of Gainesville. At the time, it was unclear if Franks, who signed a contract with the Boston Red Sox this past summer, was leaving to play a professional sport or transfer to another school, although this latest development seems to indicate the latter is likely.

According to WholeHogSports.com, Feleipe Franks is expected to visit Arkansas this coming weekend.  The website adds that Mississippi State, with new head coach Mike Leach in charge, is another school in which the quarterback is interested.

This report comes a month after Franks visited Kansas.

Franks was a four-star member of Florida’s 2016 recruiting class.  He was rated as the No. 5 pro-style quarterback in the country and the No. 9 player regardless of position in the state of Florida.

After starting eight games in 2017, Franks started all 13 for the Gators in 2018. He had started the first three games of 2019 before going down with a season-ending ankle injury.

During his time in Gainesville, Franks threw for 4,593 yards, 38 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in completing exactly 59 percent of his 622 passes.

Franks is a graduate transfer, so he’ll be eligible to play immediately at whichever Power Five school he ultimately chooses.

College football title odds have Clemson as way-too-early 2020 favorite

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You say the corpse of the 2019 college football season isn’t even cold yet, and we’re already looking ahead to 2020 when it comes to title odds?  We say of course we are.  Because that’s how we roll.  Or something.

Monday night, in New Orleans appropriately enough, LSU landed its magic carpet ride of a 2019 season in seemingly the only way possible, overwhelming Clemson with waves of offensive talent to claim the College Football Playoff championship.  The video game that was Joe Burrow, wobbly early on, righted itself in the romp, with the Heisman Trophy winner setting the single-season record for touchdown passes en route to the ever-elusive ring.

The reality that will set in a day or two from now?  Burrow has played his last down in a Tigers uniform, with the senior expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.  Burrow’s counterpart on the night, Trevor Lawrence, will return to Clemson for one more season before he’s expected to be the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

As such, the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook has installed Clemson as a way-too-early 9/4 favorite to win the 2020 national championship.  LSU, meanwhile, sits at 8/1.

A year ago at this time?  Clemson, the reigning national champions, was at 7/2, behind Alabama at 3/2.  And LSU?  They were at 50/1 on Jan. 8, 2019.

This year, between Clemson and LSU, Ohio State comes in at an initial 3/1 and Alabama, which will be replacing Tua Tagovailoa, at 6/1.  Georgia’s odds are at 8/1 as well.

Of those five teams, just two — Clemson (Lawrence) and Ohio State (Justin Fields) — will return their starting quarterback.

At 14/1, Florida is the only other team in that neighborhood.  Six others start off at 30/1 — Auburn, Oklahoma, Oregon, Notre Dame, Penn State and Texas A&M.

And as for the Group of Five? At 1,000/1, Houston has the highest odds.

UCLA transfer Noah Keeter tweets move to Florida

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For the Florida Gators football program, Saturday brought an infusion of transfer talent.  Unofficially.

As the cool transfers are wont to do, Noah Keeter utilized Twitter to announce that he will be moving on to the University of Florida and continuing his collegiate playing career with the Gators. Keeter had entered the NCAA transfer database in early December, the first step in moving on from UCLA.

The move serves as a homecoming as Keeter played his high school football in Gainesville.

Barring something unexpected, the linebacker will have to sit out the 2020 season to satisfy NCAA transfer bylaws. Then, beginning in 2021, he would have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

It should be noted that the Florida Gators football program has not confirmed the transfer’s addition to the roster.

Keeter was a three-star Member of the Bruins’ 2019 recruiting class.  He did not see the field as a true freshman.

Penn State hires Boston College’s Phil Trautwein as new OL coach

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Penn State football didn’t wait long, turning to Phil Trautwein to fill a hole on James Franklin‘s coaching staff.

New Year’s Eve, Penn State announced that Matt Limegrover had been let go after four seasons with the program. Friday, the program announced that Trautwein will replace Limegrover.

Like his predecessor, Trautwein will coach the Nittany Lions’ offensive line. Trautwein spent the past two seasons in the same position at Boston College.

“We are thrilled to welcome Phil and his family to Penn State,” Franklin said in a statement. “Phil has had success at the highest level as a player, winning two National Championships at Florida and spending four seasons in the NFL. He is a rising star in our profession and has had success in developing tremendous offensive linemen during his time at Boston College with nine players earning All-ACC honors in two seasons. We are excited to bring his knowledge and experiences to Happy Valley.”

Prior to Boston College, Trautwein was the tight ends coach at FCS Davidson College for two seasons (2016-17). He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at BC (2013-15). In that first BC stint, he helped with the offensive line, tight ends and fullbacks.

As Franklin noted, Trautwein played his college football at the University of Florida. He was first-team All-SEC as a left tackle in 2008, and earned second-team honors in 2006.

Both those seasons, the Gators won the national championship.

“Growing up in New Jersey, I was always a fan of Penn State. It was the best academic and athletic university in the country then, and it remains so today,” Trautwein said. “My family and I are grateful Coach Franklin has given us the opportunity to join the outstanding staff he’s assembled. I could not be more excited to continue building the best offensive line in the country, and to help bring championships to Happy Valley.”

This season, Penn State was fourth in the Big Ten and 36th nationally in rushing offense (190.6 yards per game). The 2.46 sacks per game allowed were tied for 97th in the country.

Five-star 2018 RB Lorenzo Lingard transfers from Miami to Florida

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Lorenzo Lingard may have left Miami, but he hasn’t left the state of Florida, as it turns out.

Late last month, it was confirmed that Lingard had entered the NCAA transfer database.  Friday, Lingard confirmed on Twitter that he is transferring to Florida and will continue his collegiate playing career with the Gators.

“I am truly blessed and thankful to be a Gator,” Lingard wrote. “The people who made this possible have changed my life.  I am ready to do whatever it takes to become the best [G]ator as a team player and student-athlete.

“I know my Dad is excited for this.  I want to maximize everything.”

It’s believed, though, the running back will have to sit out the 2020 season. That would leave him with two years of eligibility he could begin using in 2021.  That season, he would be a redshirt sophomore.

A five-star member of The U’s 2018 recruiting class, Lingard was rated as the No. 2 running back in the country. He was also the No. 6 player at any position in the state of Florida and the No. 25 recruit overall on 247Sports.com‘s composite board. The back was the highest-rated signee in The U’s class that year.

A knee injury essentially cost Lingard the last half of his true freshman season. This year, he appeared in just two games.

During his brief time at Miami, Lingard ran for 136 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. All of that production came in 2018.