July 15 (UPI) — Florida Gators redshirt junior quarterback Feleipe Franks said a Major League Baseball career is his backup plan after he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox last month.
Franks was drafted as a pitcher in the 31st round of the 2019 MLB Draft despite not playing baseball since his junior year of high school.
Franks said he threw 94 mph in a workout for the Red Sox.
“I really haven’t picked up a baseball in four or five years,” Franks said. “I don’t know — it just came natural.”
Franks completed 58.4 percent of his passes for 2,457 touchdowns, 24 touchdowns and six interceptions for the Gators last season. Florida went 10-3 and beat Michigan 41-15 in the Peach Bowl.
Florida begins its season against the Miami Hurricanes on August 24 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.