Trash Talk?

Dom Franks

When the national spotlight shines at its brightest players need to be especially wary of what they say to the media, as OU cornerback Dom Franks can attest...

There's a problem, and it's not the comments made by sophomore defensive back Dominique Franks.

It's the fact that there's been such an uproar about those comments.

"I'd say [Tebow would] probably be about the fourth best quarterback in our conference," Franks said during interviews Sunday morning.

Who would Franks rank him behind?

"Sam, Graham and Colt," Franks said.

First off, the comments have been completely taken out of context.

Franks wasn't intending to degrade the Gators by what he said.

He was simply alluding to the fact that the Sooner defense has faced a number of offenses that produce the nation's leading numbers with the nation's most elite quarterbacks, namely Texas junior Colt McCoy and Texas Tech senior Graham Harrell, and the Sooner defense has faced Bradford all year in practice.

"I really think with those three guys, it's a lot harder to prepare for those guys," Franks said. "We're coming in and facing Tebow, and he wants to run the ball a lot more. He's predominantly a running quarterback. So to me it's going to be a lot easier for us to prepare to stop the run than having to face a quarterback that might throw the ball 40 or 50 times a game."

Not to mention, McCoy has passed for over 3,400 yards and 32 touchdowns and rushed for nearly 600 yards and 10 touchdowns, so he's not too bad of a dual threat himself.

Franks was also trying to defend his own teammate, sophomore quarterback Sam Bradford, who won the Heisman Trophy last month, when many still feel that Florida junior quarterback Tim Tebow should have won the award for the second year in a row.

Perhaps people took the comments the wrong way, but the fact of the matter is a team shouldn't need comments like these to get motivated.

If Florida needs Franks' comments for motivation, there's a serious problem.

"I heard it this morning, and I don't have a reaction," said Florida head coach Urban Meyer Monday. "I've done this for a long time, and I'm sure that someone jammed a microphone in his face, and he was having fun. If he feels that way, every man is entitled to his opinion, so I don't really have a reaction.

Tebow took a similar stance.

"We don't really need to talk about that," Tebow said. "We need to talk about our team. You can say whatever you want; that's fine. We still get to go play. I like [the trash talk]. It's fun. It makes it more competitive, and I'll enjoy it."

But there has been a lot of press on these comments.

Some of it may be anticipation for the game by both sides.

But if either team needs trash talk to motivate them, there's a real problem.

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