Greg Franklin - 24
Greg Franklin

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Marietta, Ga.

High School:
Marietta HS

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 197

Position:
Running Back

Birthdate:
10/20/1991

Experience:
3L


Played as a true freshman in 2010 and moved into larger role as a sophomore ... the Blazers' only senior among their talented running back corps ... provides threat as rusher and receiver from running back position ... owns a career rushing average of 5.1 yards per attempt ... also is a key contributor as a kick returner ... has tallied 1,495 career all-purpose yards (663 rush, 522 rec., 310 kick return) during his career ... coming off outstanding spring as he rushed for 223 yards on 35 attempts (6.4 avg.) in three spring scrimmages, including 92-yard performance in the spring game ... also rushed for five touchdowns during the spring ... listed No. 2 on depth chart at running back coming out of spring practice.

2012: Again put up good numbers for the Blazers though his carries were down last season from the year before in UAB's talent-laden backfield ... played in all 12 games and started four of those ... averaged 5.0 yards per attempt as he ran for 180 yards on 12 carries ... ran for two touchdowns (vs. Southeastern Louisiana and Houston) ... caught 12 passes during the season for 190 yards with a pair of receiving touchdowns ... averaged 15.8 yards per reception on the season, second-best on the Blazers for players with 10 or more catches ... had one of his best games of season vs. Southeastern Louisiana as he rushed for 34 yards on seven carries with a touchdown while also catching a season-high four passes for 86 yards with a 53-yard touchdown reception ... his two touchdowns vs. the Lions both came in the first quarter ... averaged 10 yards per carry when he rushed for 50 yards on five attempts with a touchdown in road game at Houston ... had a season-long 29-yard run at Tulane ... opened the season with a 41-yard rushing performance against Troy ... caught a 21-yard touchdown pass against the Trojans ... did not have any rushes in the final four games of the season ... had three kick returns for 99 yards, including a season-long 42-yarder, in the Blazers' win over Marshall.

2011: Was team's leading rusher (430 yards on 84 attempts) with a pair of touchdowns ... averaged impressive 5.1 yards per carry ... played in all 12 games with seven starts ... drew starting assignment in final six games of the season after injury to starter Pat Shed ... rushed for 212 yards in late-season, three-game stretch against Houston, Memphis and Southern Miss ... was Blazers' fifth-leading receiver, and second among running backs, with 21 catches for 284 yards (13.5 avg.) ... rushed for 301 yards in final six games of season after only 129 in first six contests ... season-high 85 rushing yards against Southern Miss on 17 carries ... rushed for touchdowns against Memphis and Southern Miss ... season and career-long rush was 57 yards against Troy ... finished with 60 yards against the Trojans ... ran for 73 yards on only 10 attempts with one rushing touchdown in Blazers' win at Memphis ... also had 70 receiving yards on three catches vs. Memphis ... recorded receptions of 20, 21, 32 and 46 yards ... career-long 46-yard catch came in win against UCF.

2010: Appeared in nine games in first season in a Blazer uniform ... rushed 11 times for 53 yards ... ran for a season-high 36 yards on seven carries in victory over UTEP ... had a long run of 12 yards against UTEP ... also ran three times for 10 yards vs. UCF ... caught five passes for 48 yards ... recorded three receptions for 37 yards with long of 14 against Tennessee ... had five kick returns for 67 yards.

High School: Attended Marietta High School in metro-Atlanta ... a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com, who played for head coach James Richards ... as a senior, he gained over 1,500 yards and 18 touchdowns on his way to earning Class 5A honorable mention all-state accolades by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Associated Press and Georgia Sportswriters Association ... named to the Marietta Daily Journal All-County and All-Region First Team and was honored as the Cobb County Touchdown Club's Running Back of the Year ... selected to the Cobb County Senior Bowl and led team in rushing with 106 yards on 13 carries despite leaving the game early with an ankle injury ... rushed for a career-high 269 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-24 overtime victory over Harrison HS ... had another 200-plus yard game when he scampered for 223 yards and three touchdowns vs. South Cobb HS ... collected 197 yards against Cherokee HS ... had 173 yards rushing, including a 62-yard touchdown run, against North Cobb HS.

Personal: Born Oct. 20, 1991 at Atlanta, Ga. ... son of Gwenda Green and Mike Franklin ... major is communications management.

 
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