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James Franklin
QB #14
Height:
6-2
Weight:
239
Age:
23
College:
Missouri
Experience:
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Biography

One of the most dynamic players in college football in 2013, Franklin concluded his four-year career as a Missouri Tiger with 586 completions on 943 passing attempts for 6,962 yards and 51 touchdowns. On the ground as a dual-threat runner, totaled 217 carries for 981 yards and 15 touchdowns.

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  • Signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 12, 2014.

COLLEGE
One of the most dynamic players in college football in 2013, Franklin concluded his four-year career as a Missouri Tiger with 586 completions on 943 passing attempts for 6,962 yards and 51 touchdowns. On the ground as a dual-threat runner, totaled 217 carries for 981 yards and 15 touchdowns.

2013: Had his best season in his final year at Missouri despite missing four games due to shoulder injury. Finished the season with 198 completions on 319 attempts for 2,429 yards and 19 touchdowns through the air, as well as 510 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground.

  • Led the Tigers to a 41-31 win over Oklahoma State in the 2014 Cotton Bowl, finishing with 15 completions for 170 yards.

2012: Battled through injuries to compete in nine games (eight starts) and end the year with 1,562 passing yards and 10 touchdowns, as well as 122 rushing yards.

  • Opened the season against Southeastern Louisiana as he completed 13-of-21 passes for 131 yards and one touchdown, picking up 39 additional yards on six carries.
  • Went 25-for-41 for 269 yards and two touchdowns with only one interception against Georgia.
  • Completed the longest pass of his career against Central Florida with an 80-yard bomb to WR Dorial Green-Beckham, which gave the Tigers an early 7-3 lead in the second quarter.
  • Matched a career-high with four touchdowns on 19-of-32 passing for 226 yards in the Tigers’ 51-48 four-overtime-win at Tennessee. Earned one of the SEC’s Outstanding Performers awards for his effort in the game as all four touchdown passes came in the fourth quarter or overtime in the win.

2011: Won the starting quarterback job following the conclusion of spring camp and finished just shy of executing a 3,000-yard passing and 1,000-yard rushing season with 2,865 yards for 21 touchdowns, as well as 981 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. His 36 total touchdowns were the third-most in Missouri single-season history. Performed his best late in the season, leading the Tigers to four-consecutive wins and closing out the year with a 41-24 win over North Carolina in the Independence Bowl.

  • Made his first-career start in the Tigers’ season opener vs. Miami (Ohio) and finished the game 17-for-26 with 129 yards and one touchdown and one interception. Also ran for 72 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.
  • At Arizona State, led his first-career comeback as the Tigers trailed 16-30 entering the fourth quarter before throwing for 104 yards and two touchdowns to force overtime.
  • Accounted for four touchdowns in Missouri’s upset of Texas A&M, connecting on two through the air and scoring two on the ground. Completed 16 passes for 198 yards and carried the ball 24 times for 97 yards in the victory.
  • Rushed for a career-high 152 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries in a win over Texas Tech.

2010: Studied under current 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert and saw action in 10 games as the team’s backup quarterback. Utilized his foot-speed as a mobile quarterback to rack up 116 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries, and also completed 11-of-14 passes for one score.

  • Completed six-of-eight passes in his first-ever game for 25 yards against McNeese State. Scored his first-career touchdown on an eight-yard run in the third quarter.
  • Tossed his first-career touchdown pass on a seven-yard strike to WR Michael Egnew against Colorado.

PERSONAL
Ranked as the nation’s No. 4 dual-threat quarterback by Rivals.com and was also among the site’s top 150 players in the nation at any position. Threw for 2,360 yards and rushed for 1,282 yards for a total of 41 touchdowns as a senior at Lake Dallas (Texas) High School in 2009.

  • Was a Class 4A Second Team All-State selection, as well as the District 5-4A MVP in 2009.
  • Majored in communication at Missouri.
  • Son of Willie and Pamela Franklin. Father, Willie, was a standout tight end for Oklahoma and played in the NFL for the Baltimore Colts.

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  • Franklin settles on QB, looks to land job with Lions

    By Tim Twentyman - Posted May 19, 2014

    It isn’t uncommon for kids to play a lot of different positions when they first start playing football to see where the best fit might be. QB James Franklin took it to the extreme.

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