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#48 Eric Franklin
Position: Defensive Back
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 215
Year: Senior
Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
High School: Archbishop Curley HS
Experience: 3 Letters

A fourth-year defensive back who was a key contributor in 2009-10 before gaining a starting role at safety in 2011 ... made two starts in 2010 (14 in his career) and has played in 28 career games.

As a Junior (2011): Started all 12 games at safety ... led the team in solo tackles (64), total tackles (106) and tied for second on the team with four pass breakups ... ranked sixth in the ACC and t-49th nationally in tackles (8.8 pg) ... had six double-digit tackle games, second on the team behind Demetrius Hartsfield ... recorded four stops and a pass breakup against Miami (9/5) ... set career highs with 15 tackles and 10 solo stops against West Virginia (9/17) ... also had a tackle for loss against the Mountaineers ... had his second straight game with double-digit tackles by recording 12 against Temple (9/24) and also recovered a fumble ... made six tackles, including a half TFL, and had a pass breakup against Towson (10/1) ... made five tackles (all solos), including one tackle for loss, against Georgia Tech (10/8) ... finished third on the team with 10 tackles, eight of them unassisted, and had a career-high two pass breakups against Clemson (10/15) ... had five tackles against Florida State (10/22) ... tied for a team high with 11 tackles (six solo) and blocked a field-goal attempt against Boston College (10/29) ... matched a career high with 10 unassisted tackles and had 12 total, including a TFL against Virginia (11/5) ... recorded 12 tackles against Notre Dame (11/12) ... made six tackles and had one TFL against Wake Forest (11/19) while missing a portion of the game after suffering an injury ... recorded eight tackles against NC State (11/26).

As a Sophomore (2010): Played in 11 games, with two starts at safety ... tied for second on the team with three interceptions, all of which came in the final four games ... had 23 tackles ... made three stops in the season-opener against Navy (9/6) .... had a pair of tackles against West Virginia (9/18) and FIU (9/25) ... recorded a season-high six tackles, including three solo stops, against Duke (10/2) ... made the first interception of his career against Virginia on 11/13 and returned it 31 yards ... had four tackles and an interception against NC State (11/27), returning the pick 26 yards to the NC State 3-yard line to set up a touchdown that tied the game at 14-14 just before halftime ... made three tackles and had one interception in the Military Bowl vs. East Carolina (12/29).

As a Freshman (2009): Saw action in the final five games of the season ... played free safety and special teams ... had a sack for an 8-yard loss vs. Duke (10/24), his first career game .... also had tackles vs. NC State (11/7), Virginia Tech (11/14) and BC (11/28).

At Archbishop Curley High School: A 2008 small school all-state choice from his free safety spot ... also tabbed first-team All-Baltimore City and second-team All-Metro by the Baltimore Sun ... member of the 2008 All-MIAA (B Conference) team ... recorded 75 tackles, six interceptions, nine pass breakups and one fumble recovery in 2008, helping the Friars to an 8-3 record ... also caught 13 passes and posted three TDs as a tight end ... registered 99 tackles, including 32 solo stops, and six interceptions as a junior ... also caught 12 passes for 254 yards and three TDs. ... served as team captain and a member of the 2008 Maryland Academic All-State team ... also ran track and played basketball ... coached by Sean Murphy.

Personal: Born in Baltimore ... maintained a 4.0 GPA in high school ... majoring in kinesiology.

Franklin's Career Statistics
DefenseG-GSUTATTTTFLSacksFCFRPBUInt
2009 5-02241.0-81.0-80000-0
2010 11-2914231.0-10.0-00003-57
201112-1264421064.5-120.0-00140-0
Total28-1475581336.5-211.0-80143-57

Career Highs
Tackles - 15 (vs. West Virginia, 9/17/11)
Solo Tackles - 10 (twice: vs. Virginia, 11/5/11; vs. West Virginia, 9/17/11)
TFL - 1.0 (six times: vs. Wake Forest, 11/19/11; vs. Virginia, 11/5/11; vs. Georgia Tech, 10/8/11; vs. West Virginia, 9/17/11; vs. East Carolina, 12/29/10; vs. Duke, 10/24/09)
Sacks - 1.0 (vs. Duke, 10/24/09)
Interceptions - 1 (three times - vs. East Carolina, 12/29/10; at Virginia, 11/13/10; vs. NC State, 11/27/10)
Fumble Recoveries - 1 (vs. Temple, 9/24)
Pass Breakups - 2 (vs. Clemson, 10/15/11)


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