Originally Posted by duncan_idaho
Franklin is out (third-party source).
I disagree re: Franklin's fit in the SEC. He has plenty of arm strength when his mechanics are good, and he has pretty good touch. It's clear so far, though, that the time he missed with the shoulder injury set him back. And he's apparently re-injured it, so I don't know what happens there.
In my opinion, the Tigers MUST have a true dual-threat QB to continue with this offense in the SEC. Running out of the shotgun simply won't work unless you're throwing well enough to force teams to drop 7 and 8 on 1st and 2nd down or you have more than one RB/potential ballcarrier in the backfield (whether it's a QB or a second RB or a WR on a jet).
A healthy dual-threat guy with this offensive talent at WR would make that offense very difficult to stop.
That's the thing though - his mechanics are never
He's always trying to guide the ball. On occasion he'll get a little more comfortable and for a series or two he's able to do a nice job of driving the ball, but he doesn't do it routinely. I can't think of a game last year where he was really firing the ball with authority for more than a quarter or two.
And I still think that long-ass Tebow windup of his is a liability, especially with as poor a job as he does of looking off DBs.
He's simply a very very scary combination of weaknesses that undermine his strengths.