James Franklin

James Franklin

Penn State University

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James Franklin, a 25-year football coaching veteran, was appointed Penn State’s 16th head football coach on January 11, 2014 and enters his 10th season as a collegiate head football coach. Franklin’s career head coaching record is 80-38 and he is one of only four current FBS coaches to lead his team to a bowl game in each of his first nine seasons as a head coach. Franklin attributes his success on the field to the strength of his teams’ dedication to four core values: positive attitude, great work ethic, compete in everything you do and must be willing to sacrifice. Under Franklin’s direction, Penn State has finished in the top 12 in the final College Football Playoff rankings four consecutive seasons, earned berths in three New Year’s Six bowl games, with two wins, and won the 2016 Big Ten Championship. Franklin has guided the Nittany Lions to an 86 percent graduation success rate, a perfect single-year 1,000 APR for the 2018-19 school year and record-breaking performances in the classroom. CAREER AT A GLANCE •Franklin was named the 16th head football coach in the storied history of the Nittany Lion program on January 11, 2014. •Franklin is one of four current FBS head coaches to lead his teams to a bowl game in each of his first nine seasons as a head coach. •Franklin is one of three current Big Ten coaches (Ryan Day, Kirk Ferentz) to have won a Big Ten Championship. • He owns an 80-38 career record, with seven consecutive winning seasons. • Franklin has led his teams to three Top 10 finishes (3 at Penn State) and six Top 25 finishes (2 at Vanderbilt; 4 at Penn State). • Under Franklin, Penn State is one of four teams (Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma) to rank in the top 12 of the CFP final rankings in each of the last four seasons. • Franklin has led the Nittany Lions to three New Year’s Six bowls - 2016 (Rose), 2017 (Fiesta) and 2019 (Cotton) - in the last four years, making Penn State one of eight teams to accomplish the feat. • Franklin’s squads have won two New Year’s Six bowl games in the last three years, making the Nittany Lions one of seven teams to do so. • Franklin guided Penn State to back-to-back New Year’s Six bowls in 2016 (Rose) and 2017 (Fiesta) for the first time since 1985 (Orange) and 1986 (Fiesta). • Over the last four years, Penn State has 42 wins, the most in program history for the Big Ten era, and 28 league wins, a program-best. • Franklin has led Penn State to 32 home wins in the past five seasons to rank fourth in the FBS. Those 32 wins have included a trio of undefeated home slates. • Franklin has 25 years of coaching experience at the collegiate and NFL level. • In his first nine years as a head coach, Franklin mentored 76 players who have gone on to the NFL ranks. • Penn State had six players selected in both the 2018 and 2019 NFL Draft and five players picked in 2020, marking the third-straight year that Penn State has had at least five draft picks, the first time that has happened since 1991-93. • Franklin has secured top-25 recruiting classes each of his last eight seasons, including a top-5 class at Penn State in 2018. NITTANY LIONS ON THE FIELD 2019 Season • Penn State earned its third 11-win season in the last four years with an 11-2 record, including a win over No. 17 Memphis in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl. • Penn State posted its fourth-straight top 12 finish in the final CFP rankings, coming in 10th . • The Nittany Lions were ranked ninth in the final Associated Press and Amway Coaches polls to earn their 25th AP Top 10 finish. • The Nittany Lions ended the season in the AP Top 25 in four consecutive seasons for the first time since a seven-year stint from 1993-99. • Penn State enters 2020 having been ranked in the AP Top 25 for the last 57 weeks, dating back to the 2016 season, to mark the third-longest streak in program history and longest streak since 1993-2000 when PSU was ranked for 121-straight weeks. • Franklin was a finalist for the Paul “Bear” Bryant National Coach of the Year award for the second time at Penn State (2016) and third time in his head coaching career. • Defense was dominant for the Nittany Lions, finishing in the top 10 in FBS in yards per rush (1st; 2.55), forced fumbles (1st; 22), rushing defense (5th; 95.0), sacks (7th; 3.46), scoring defense (8th; 16.0) and fumble recoveries (10th; 12). Penn State was also 11th in tackles for loss (7.8). • The Nittany Lions’ 22 forced fumbles are the second-most in program history behind the school standard of 25 set in 1968 and the 2.55 yards per rush is seventh in the program record books. • Offensively, the Nittany Lions continued to put up big numbers, ranking 15th in FBS in scoring offense with a 35.8 average, which ranks eighth in program history. The 58.8 completion percentage by Penn State quarterbacks sits sixth and the 141.78 passing efficiency is 10th in the program annals. • The Penn State special teams made big gains in 2019, recording three blocked punts to finish third in the nation and four blocked kicks overall, which was sixth. • Jonathan Sutherland led the way with a pair of blocked punts in the season-opener against Idaho, marking the first time since 2000 the Nittany Lions had two blocks in a • The Nittany Lions had 19 players garner All-Big Ten accolades, including two first-team selections in Micah Parsons and Yetur Gross-Matos. • Parsons was also selected as the Big Ten Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year to become the third Nittany Lion to claim the award, joining Mike Hull (2014) and Michael Mauti (2012). Parsons is the first sophomore to win Big Ten Linebacker of the Year. • In addition, Parsons became the 101st first-team All-American and 43rd consensus All-American in Penn State history. He collected first-team accolades from Associated Press and American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and second-team laurels from the Football Writers Association of American (FWAA), Walter Camp and Sporting News. • Tight end Pat Freiermuth was a finalist for the John Mackey Award for the nation’s top tight end and also took home All-America accolades with a bid on the AFCA second team. • Punter Blake Gillikin finished his career second in Penn State history with a 43.02 career punting average. He also set the standard for season punting average in his junior year and freshman season punting average. 2018 Season • The Nittany Lions posted their third-straight season with at least nine wins in 2018 with a 9-4 overall record. • Penn State finished No. 12 in the final CFP rankings and No. 17 in the Associated Press and Amway Coaches polls. • The defense led the way for the Nittany Lions in 2018, finishing in the top 20 in team passing efficiency (8th; 106.10), red zone defense (11th; .750), passing yards allowed (15th; 181.5) and third down conversion defense (19th; .336). • The Penn State defense was a permanent fixture in the opposition’s backfield, leading the country in sacks (3.62) for the second time in the last four years and ranking fourth in tackles for loss (8.2). • On the offensive side of the ball, the Nittany Lions posted their highest rushing average (204.9) since 2008 (205.8) and were No. 16 nationally in red zone offense (.897). • The Nittany Lions had 15 players garner All-Big Ten accolades, including two first-team selections in Amani Oruwariye and Yetur Gross-Matos. • Quarterback Trace McSorley capped his Penn State career as the program’s career holder for passing yards (9,899), completions (720), 300-yard passing games (10), 200-yard passing games (28), rushing yards by a quarterback (1,697), rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (30), passing touchdowns (77), total offense yards (11,596), touchdowns responsible for (107), wins as a starting quarterback (31) and consecutive games with a touchdown pass (34). • In addition, McSorley set eight season records during his time in the Blue & White - passing yards, passing touchdowns, completions, 200-yard passing games, 300-yard passing games, rushing touchdowns by a quarterback, total offense yards, touchdowns responsible for - and the game record for yards of total offense. • Gillikin set the Penn State record for punting average in a season with a 44.00 mark, besting the previous record of 43.55 set by Ralph Giacomarro in 1981. 2017 Season • Penn State continued to be among the nation’s elite in 2017, climbing as high as No. 2 in the rankings and appearing in a second-straight New Year’s Six bowl, earning a 35-28 win over No. 11 Washington in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. • The Nittany Lions earned back-to-back 11-win seasons for the fifth time in program history and first time since 2008 and 2009 with an 11-2 record. • Penn State finished the season No. 8 in the Associated Press and Amway Coaches polls and No. 9 in the final CFP rankings. • The Nittany Lions used a balanced attack with a high-scoring offense and a stingy defense to lead FBS in scoring differential with a +24.6 margin. • Offensively, Penn State finished seventh in FBS with a 41.1 scoring average, the third-highest in program history, and 19th in total offense with a 460.3 average, which also ranks third in PSU history. • Defensively, the Nittany Lions were seventh in FBS in scoring average (16.5 ppg) and sacks (3.23 spg), while coming in 17th in total defense (329.5). • Running back Saquon Barkley finished a stellar collegiate career by winning the Paul Hornung Award for the nation’s most versatile player, three major Big Ten awards – Graham-George Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, Ameche-Dayne Big Ten Running Back of the Year, Rodgers-Dwight Big Ten Return Specialist – and the Chicago Tribune Silver Football for the second-straight season. Barkley is just the fifth player since 1924 to win two career Silver Football honors. • Barkley became the 100th first-team All-American in program history with Consensus All-America honors and finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting. • The Nittany Lions had 18 players garner All-Big Ten accolades, including four first-team selections in Barkley (running back and return specialist), Marcus Allen and Mike Gesicki. • McSorley, who was the Offensive MVP of the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, followed up his record-breaking 2016 campaign with another outstanding season. In 2017, McSorley broke the Penn State single-season record for completions (284), total offense (4,061), touchdowns responsible for (37), 300-yard passing games (5) and 200-yard passing games (11). • McSorley also became the second player in Big Ten history with 25 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing scores in a season, joining Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett (2014, 2017). • Wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton ended his Penn State career as the program’s career receptions leader (214) and second in school history in receiving yards (2,842). • The Nittany Lions sent nine players to senior all-star games, which is the most since 2003 when nine student-athletes were in postseason games (Senior Bowl: Allen, Gesicki, Hamilton, Christian Campbell; East-West Shrine Bowl: Hamilton, Jason Cabinda, Curtis Cothran, Parker Cothren, Grant Haley; NFLPA Collegiate Bowl: Troy Apke). Apke was the MVP of the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. 2016 Season • The Nittany Lions surged in 2016, winning nine consecutive games en route to the Big Ten Championship, a Rose Bowl berth and an 11-3 overall record. • Penn State finished the season ranked No. 5 in the College Football Playoff rankings and No. 7 in the Associated Press and Amway Coaches polls. It was Penn State’s highest finish in the polls since 2005. • The Nittany Lions claimed their fourth overall Big Ten Championship and first outright title since 1994 with a thrilling 38-31 comeback win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game. • In 2016, Franklin was honored as Sporting News National Coach of the Year and the Woody Hayes National Coach of the Year, as well as the Dave McLain Big Ten Coach of the Year and Associated Press Big Ten Coach of the Year. • Franklin was also a finalist for the Paul “Bear” Bryant, Eddie Robinson and Associated Press National Coach of the Year awards. • The 2016 season brought record-breaking performances from the Nittany Lions as the offense set marks for total offense (6,056), passing yards (3,650), points scored (526) and double-digit comeback wins (4). • The Nittany Lions’ +14.4 scoring improvement in 2016 ranked fourth in FBS and second among Power 5 schools. • Barkley was selected as the Graham-George Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, Ameche-Dayne Big Ten Running Back of the Year and Chicago Tribune Silver Football winner for the conference’s top player. • McSorley was named the Grange-Griffin Big Ten Championship Game MVP, as well as earning Maxwell Club Tri-State Player of the Year and All-Big Ten second-team honors. He was the first Penn State quarterback to win all-conference honors since Daryll Clark in 2009. • Defensively the Nittany Lion finished seventh in FBS in tackles for loss (8.1) and 19th in sacks (2.86). 2015 Season • Franklin guided the Nittany Lions to a 7-6 record in 2015 and a berth in the TaxSlayer Bowl. • Under Franklin’s tutelage, Carl Nassib claimed a trio of national awards – Lombardi Award, Lott IMPACT Trophy and Ted Hendricks Award – and became Penn State’s 13th unanimous Consensus All-American. • Nassib also led the nation in sacks with a school-record 15.5. • The 2015 season also saw Christian Hackenberg break every Penn State career passing record, including passing yards, passing touchdowns and completions, and true freshman Saquon Barkley set the freshman season rushing record with a 1,000-yard campaign. • Barkley was named the Big Ten Network’s Freshman of the Year and claimed second-team All-Big Ten honors, while wide receiver Chris Godwin (second team) and defensive tackles Austin Johnson (second team) and Anthony Zettel (third team) also earned All-Big Ten accolades. 2014 Season • Franklin’s first season was bookended with a pair of thrilling victories for the Nittany Lions. The Penn State head coach’s inaugural season began with a final-play 26-24 victory over UCF in Dublin, Ireland, in Penn State’s first-ever international game and ended with a comeback, a 31-30 overtime win over Boston College in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium. The Nittany Lions overcame a 14-point deficit late in the third quarter, tying the largest comeback in Penn State’s bowl history. • With the Pinstripe Bowl win, Franklin became just the third Penn State coach to lead the team to at least seven wins in his first season, joining Dick Harlow (1915) and Bill O’Brien (2012). • Franklin guided the Lions to a 4-0 start, joining Harlow as the only first-year Penn State coaches to win their initial four games. • In Franklin’s first season at Penn State, he helped Mike Hull to the Butkus-Fitzgerald Big Ten Linebacker of the Year award to carry on the “Linebacker U” tradition. • Zettel earned All-Big Ten first-team honors, while receiver DaeSean Hamilton garnered All-Big Ten second-team accolades after pulling in 82 catches for 899 yards. NITTANY LIONS IN THE CLASSROOM • The Nittany Lions posted its first 1,000 single-year APR in program history in 2018-19, topping the previous high of 993 in 2014-15. • Punter Blake Gillikin took home CoSIDA Academic All-America® first-team honors for the second-straight year to become the 12th two-time first-team selection in Penn State history. He graduated with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average in May. • Gillikin’s two first-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors increase Penn State football’s total to 67 honores, which ranks second in Division I football history (FBS and FCS). • Trace McSorley was selected as a 2018 National Football Foundation (NFF) Scholar-Athlete and a finalist for the Campbell Trophy, known as the “Academic Heisman.” He was the 18th Nittany Lion to be selected as an NFF Scholar-Athlete. • The Nittany Lions had a program-record 35 student-athletes claim Academic All-Big Ten honors in the fall of 2017. • Tyler Yazujian collected a berth on the CoSIDA Academic All-America® first team in 2016 after an appearance on the second team in 2015. • The 2020 spring semester saw the Nittany Lions post a record 82 squad members with at least a 3.0 grade-point average (GPA). • The 82 Nittany Lions with a 3.0 GPA or higher surpasses the mark of 56 set by the 2015 fall semester for the most 3.0 students in a semester in football program history. • A total of 44 Nittany Lions posted a 3.5 GPA or higher while taking at least 12 credits in the 2020 spring semester, marking a school record for Dean’s List honorees. • A total of 11 student-athletes posted a perfect 4.0 for the 2020 semester, also a school record. • A program record nine Nittany Lions were named 2019-20 Big Ten Distinguished Scholars. • Additionally, 28 Nittany Lions earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition in 2019. • A total of 52 squad members compiled at least a 3.0 GPA in the fall of 2019, the third-highest semester total in program history. NITTANY LIONS IN THE COMMUNITY • The Nittany Lions are active in the community, participating in activities such as Uplifting Athletes, THON, Pennsylvania Special Olympics Summer Games, State College Area Food Bank and Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital visits. • In 2017, linebacker Brandon Smith was selected to the Allstate AFCA Good Works team for his selflessness and community service. He was one of 11 FBS honorees in 2017 and is the first Nittany Lion to claim the award since Ben Kline in 2015, and the fourth overall. • The football team’s 2,100 hours of community service in 2014-15 equated to nearly 40 percent of the 5,300 community service hours by Penn State student-athletes. • The engaging and enthusiastic Franklin is a popular speaker and media interview subject. He was a guest analyst on ESPN’s coverage from the site of college football’s National Championship game, spending a day appearing on various ESPN platforms in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, Franklin joined the FOX studio crew for pregame, halftime and postgame coverage of the Big Ten Championship Game. • In February 2015, Franklin was the lone college head coach among the speakers and panelists at the prestigious MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston. He was a panelist for the session, “The Formula to Win: College Football Analytics,” which was moderated by ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols. • As part of the Cotton Bowl festivities in 2019, Franklin and his family made a $10,000 financial commitment to the Dallas Children’s Hospital. • Franklin has also been an ardent supporter of “Be the Match,” encouraging community members to join the national bone marrow registry. • In August 2019, Franklin was named a Penn State University Renaissance Fund honoree, which awards outstanding community members for helping students in need. • On June 15, 2020, he was named to the Big Ten Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition. RECRUITING SUCCESS • Franklin’s recruiting classes in the last five years have been ranked an average of 13.1 nationally, which is a significant jump from the 40.8 average from 2012-14. • Penn State is one of nine programs to sign a top-15 class in each of the last three years and one of 12 schools to claim a top-20 class each of the last five seasons according to 247Sports. • Ninety-two of the 164 signees under Franklin are from within a 250-mile radius of State College. • Seven of the 15 highest-ranked 247Sports Composite recruits at Penn State since 2000 have been signed by Franklin. • The 2020 recruiting class finished No. 12 according to ESPN.com, No. 14 by Rivals and No. 15 per 247Sports. • The 2019 class featured a pair of 247Sports five-star recruits (Lance Dixon, Brandon Smith) and three No. 1-ranked recruits in their respective states (Smith, Adisa Issac, Sal Wormley). • The 3.83 average star ranking for the 2019 class was the highest in program history since the inception of the 247Sports Composite in 2000. • The 2018 recruiting class was ranked No. 4 among by ESPN.com, the highest finish in program history. The class was also ranked No. 5 by Rivals and No. 6 by 247Sports. Penn State signed a Rivals No. 1 Pennsylvania recruit in three-straight years (2018 – Micah Parsons; 2017 – Lamont Wade; 2016 – Miles Sanders) for the first time since 2004 (Anthony Morelli), 2005 (Justin King) and 2006 (Jared Odrick). • In 2018, Penn State inked three 247Sports Composite 5-star recruits for the first time since rankings began in 2001. • In 2018, the Nittany Lions also signed 12 ESPN300 recruits for the first time since 2006, when ESPN rankings started. • Parsons was the No. 5-rated recruit in the 247Sports Composite, which is the highest recruit signed by Penn State since 2005 when Derrick Williams was the No. 4 overall recruit. • In 2017, the newest set of Nittany Lions finished in the Top 15 in the country, ranking as high as 12th by Rivals. • The Class of 2016 at Penn State finished in the top 20, ranking as high as 18th by ESPN, and featured a pair of five-star recruits. • In 2016, Franklin secured the No. 1 player in the state of Pennsylvania (Sanders) for the first time since Jared Odrick (2006). • The Nittany Lions laid claim to the No. 1 running back in the state of Pennsylvania in 2015 (Saquon Barkley) and 2016 (Sanders). • In February 2015, the Nittany Lions’ highly-regarded class of 25 signees was ranked in the top 15 nationally by the four major recruiting services. • Franklin and his staff organized a top-25 recruiting class in short order after being hired at Penn State in January 2014. • While at Vanderbilt, Franklin assembled a recruiting class that finished as high as 19th in 2014. • In each of his three seasons in Nashville, Franklin signed classes that finished in the top 50 nationally. Prior to Franklin’s arrival, the Commodores average class rank was 64.6 since 2000 (based on 247Sports composite). HELPING THE COMMODORES GET THEIR STRIPES • Franklin directed Vanderbilt to consecutive Top 25 finishes for the first time in the 124-year history of the program (No. 23/24 – 2013 & No. 23/20 – 2012). • The Commodores finished 23rd in the final 2012 Associated Press poll, marking their first AP final ranking since 1948. • Franklin’s 24 wins tied Dan McGugin for the most by a Vanderbilt coach in his first three seasons. • Franklin led Vanderbilt to a bowl game in each of his three seasons in Nashville, with the last two years resulting in wins over NC State (Music City Bowl) and Houston (BBVA Compass Bowl). The Commodores had played in four bowl games all-time in the 121 seasons prior to his arrival, none in consecutive years. • Vanderbilt had posted four nine-win seasons in program history, with Franklin’s last two teams comprising half of the total. • Over the last 20 games during the 2012-13 seasons, the Commodores’ 16-4 record was second-best in the SEC to Alabama’s 17-3 mark. • Franklin guided the Commodores to a 6-6 regular-season record and earned a berth in the Liberty Bowl during his first season after inheriting a Vanderbilt team that finished 2-10 in both 2009 and 2010, with a combined mark of 1-15 SEC play. • The 2011 bowl berth was Vanderbilt’s second since 1983 and running back Zac Stacy broke the Commodores’ season record with 1,193 rushing yards. • The Commodores had a breakthrough campaign in 2012 under Franklin, finishing on a seven-game winning streak (longest since 1948) to post a 9-4 mark, Vanderbilt’s most wins in 97 years, and a berth in the Music City Bowl, in which VU defeated NC State, 38-24. • A victory at Missouri sparked an 8-1 finish, which included three consecutive SEC road wins for the first time in program history. • The Commodores were 5-3 in SEC play, winning five SEC games for the first time since 1935, and posted two shutouts for the first time since 1968. • Franklin was among five finalists for the Bear Bryant National Coach of the Year award in 2012. • Stacy became the first player in Vanderbilt history to rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons, gaining 1,141 yards to finish his career with a school-record 3,143 yards and 30 rushing touchdowns. • Wide receiver Jordan Matthews broke the Vanderbilt season receiving record with 1,363 yards on 94 catches. • Vanderbilt continued its historic rise under Franklin during the 2013 season, capping a school-record 9-4 campaign with a 41-24 win over Houston in the BBVA Compass Bowl. • The Commodores defeated Florida, Georgia and Tennessee in the same season for the first time in program history, winning in Gainesville and Knoxville. • Franklin helped Matthews develop into a two-time All-American and the SEC’s career leader in receptions (262) and receiving yardage (3,759). Matthews broke the SEC season record with 112 receptions for 1,477 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013, becoming the first SEC receiver to make 100 catches in a season. RISING UP THE RANKS • Franklin began his coaching career as the wide receivers coach at Kutztown (Pa.) University (1995) and was a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater, East Stroudsburg (Pa.) University in 1996, working with the secondary. • He then was the wide receivers coach at James Madison (1997), a graduate assistant (tight ends) at Washington State in 1998 and the wide receivers coach at Idaho State (1999). • In 2000, Franklin was named the wide receivers coach at Maryland under head coach Ron Vanderlinden, who would go on to coach the Penn State linebackers from 2001-13. • Franklin continued in that role under new head coach Ralph Friedgen in 2002 and 2003 and helped the Terps to three consecutive 10-win seasons, including an appearance in the 2002 FedEx Orange Bowl. In 2003, Franklin added duties as recruiting coordinator and directed back-to-back recruiting classes ranked in the Top 25 nationally. Franklin and former Nittany Lion head coach Bill O’Brien (running backs) were Maryland assistant coaches in 2003 and 2004 under Friedgen. • After five successful years at Maryland, Franklin was named wide receivers coach on Mike Sherman’s Green Bay Packers staff in 2005. During that season, Green Bay ranked third in the NFL in receptions (383) and seventh in receiving yards (3,766). Donald Driver was among the top receivers in the NFL, ranking second in receptions and eighth in receiving yards, with a then-career-high 86 catches for 1,221 yards. • Franklin served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Kansas State during the 2006-07 seasons under head coach Ron Prince. In 2006, he helped the Wildcats to their first winning season in four years. Franklin coached quarterback Josh Freeman and oversaw an offense that produced a 3,000-yard passer (Freeman), 1,500-yard receiver (All-American wide receiver Jordy Nelson) and 1,000-yard rusher (James Johnson) during the 2007 season, a first in school history. Freeman would go on to become the Wildcats’ highest NFL offensive draft pick since 1954 when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected him 17th overall in the 2009 NFL Draft. • Franklin returned to Maryland in 2008 as the Terps’ assistant head coach and offensive coordinator. He helped the Terrapins to victories in the 2008 Humanitarian Bowl and the 2010 Military Bowl. The 2010 squad was among the national leaders in scoring offense at 32.2 points per game and was led by ACC Rookie of the Year quarterback Danny O’Brien. He threw for 2,438 yards, 22 touchdowns and only eight interceptions in 2010, with All-ACC receiver Torrey Smith making 67 catches for 1,055 yards and 12 scores. • In 1998, Franklin began his participation in the NFL’s Minority Coaching Fellowship Program, starting with a stint with the Miami Dolphins and working with Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino. Franklin also worked with Donovan McNabb of the Philadelphia Eagles (1999) and Minnesota Vikings (2008) in the NFL program. PLAYING CAREER • Franklin was a four-year letterman at quarterback and a two-time All-PSAC selection at East Stroudsburg. • Franklin graduated having broken or tied 23 school records. • He set seven school records as a senior to earn team MVP honors and was a Harlon Hill Trophy nominee as the NCAA Division II Player of the Year. • Among the season records he set were for total offense (3,128 yards), passing yards (2,586) and touchdown passes (19). • Franklin was inducted into the East Stroudsburg Athletics Hall of Fame October 15, 2016. PERSONAL • Franklin graduated from East Stroudsburg (Pa.) University in 1995 with a degree in psychology and earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Washington State University. • Franklin graduated from Neshaminy High School in Langhorne. • Franklin and his wife, Fumi, have two daughters, Shola and Addison.

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