Heading into the offseason, we wondered if the Washington State Cougars would be in the market for another quarterback transfer. With Cammon Cooper the most senior of the group this coming fall as a redshirt sophomore, there’s quite a noticeable lack of experience when it comes to the signal callers on the Wazzu roster. So while it’s not a surprise to see it reported that the Cougs are coming up as a possible landing spot for a transfer, Theo Lawson of the Spokesman Review’s report of who is certainly a shock: Feleipe Franks.
According to Lawson, Florida head coach Dan Mullens actually recommended Franks head to the Palouse in an effort to increase his draft stock. Franks had a breakout 2018 season where he threw for nearly 2,500 yards and had 24 touchdown passes in addition to 350 yards on the ground and seven touchdowns. Franks was primed for another great season before a dislocated ankle in the third game of the season against the Kentucky Wildcats ended his 2019 campaign.
Franks announced his intention to transfer or enter the draft on social media earlier last month. Lawson reports Franks took a visit to Les Miles and the Kansas Jayhawks shortly after.
Franks would certainly be more than just the insurance policy Gage Gubrud turned out to be if he ended up at Washington State. He’d have one year to play and, if he’s interested in pumping up that draft stock, would not want to sit behind anyone. We obviously aren’t sure if the interest from Leach is mutual or not but this story trickling out to the Spokesman at least leads me to believe Leach isn’t totally comfortable with Cooper, Gunner Cruz or incoming freshman Jayden de Laura leading the charge next year.