ATHENS – The last time SEC fans saw Feleipe Franks being taken off the field at Kroger Stadium in Kentucky in tears after receiving a sprained and broken ankle in what turned out to be his last game in a football uniform in Florida.
Franks’ road to recovery has diverted him to Arkansas, where he will start for the Razorbacks and serve as one of four game captains for the 16:00 game against No. 4 Georgia in the new season for both teams.
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“Our thinking is to fulfill our game plan and go out there at the end of the day and win, and do our best to make that profit,”
“It’s no secret that they have a strong physical team, but we also have a strong physical team and we are ready to go out there and compete.”
Razorbacks first-year coach Sam Pittman certainly knows what Georgia’s roster looks like after spending four years coaching the Bulldogs’ offensive line.
But it’s Franks, more than anyone else in the stadium, who knows how Georgia’s defense feels after facing two of coach Kirby Smart’s better units in 2017 and 2018.
In Franks’ first appearance against the Bulldogs, he was 7-of-19, passing for 30 yards with an interception and was fired five times with a 42-7 loss.
Franks was more effective in breaking Dan Mullen in 2018, finishing 13 of 21 for 105 yards with a touchdown and catching on a 36-17 loss.
“The last few times I’ve played them, Kirby has done great,” Franks said. “These guys are tough, physically, anything you’d imagine on an SEC team.”
Rakeman Boyd of Arkansas, who began his career at Texas A&M before his stay at Junior College in Independence, Kansas, is eager for Razorbacks’ foul to challenge Georgia.
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“We’re just trying to get out there and play physical ball, all the time, first, second, third to fourth (quarter), we’re just smashing football in the mouth,” Boyd said this week.
“That’s what we’re trying to do, and that’s something we want to be known for, what we want to be our identity is a physical football team that will come and smash you in the mouth.”
Georgia returns eight of the 11 starting defenses, which leads the nation in scoring defense and running defense, and ranks third in overall defense.
“They’re protective, so we’ll have to come with them,” Boyd said. “We know what to expect, we know how to play.
“I was watching a movie at number 32 (Rice). He is the captain of the defense, he controls what happens, they are a team that really communicates … 17 (Nakobe Dean) just got into the combination, he is also good. He is quite physical. “
Arkansas offensive coordinator for the first year, Kendall Bryls, is known for his pace of disseminating switching schemes. Many expect the pigs to release the bulldogs and remove the ball quickly.
“It’s going to be great to see what these guys can do, we have guys on the perimeter who can do plays,” Franks said.
“I don’t think our whole game plan is about taking the ball out quickly and reading it in advance, we have a bunch of different mixes.”
Smart said the bulldogs must be ready for Arkansas to defend itself quickly.
“What has Coach Brylls done in his history? He has done a lot of plays,” Smart said. “He is working very fast. He will not sit there and let us dig into the ground and play defense. З.
“He will make us play with our left hand and our job is to try and not let that happen.”
No one understands this better than Frank.
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