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Tony Franklin
Tony Franklin

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Cleveland, Ohio

High School:
St. Peter Chanel H.S.

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 184

Position:
S

Experience:
3L



11/04/2006

Virginia vs. Florida State - November 4, 2006

Virginia vs. Florida State - November 4, 2006 (photos courtesy of Associated Press)


Worth Noting: Returns to the Squad after not participating during spring minicamp ... a three-year starter in the secondary ... is the team's leading returning tackler with 171 career stops ... second behind Marcus Hamilton (10) among active Cavaliers with five interceptions ... has started 28 games in his career, the most on the team ... his 78 tackles in 2004 are the most ever by a Cavalier cornerback ... 12th among ACC defensive backs in tackling last season with an average of 5.5 stops per game ... finished tied for 33rd overall.

Career Honors: 2005-Received the Hedley M. Bowen Football Scholarship from the Virginia Athletics Foundation. 2004-Received the Hedley M. Bowen Football Scholarship from the Virginia Athletics Foundation. 2003-ACC All-Freshman Team by The Sporting News ... received the Hedley M. Bowen Football Scholarship from the Virginia Athletics Foundation.

Career Highlights: 2005-Moved to safety in training camp to give the secondary some experience at the position ... started all 10 games he played ... averaged 5.5 tackles per game, tied for 33rd in the ACC and 12th among defensive backs ... was tied for second on the squad in tackles per game ... led the team in tackling once ... tied for second on the team with two interceptions ... made a season-high nine tackles in his first start at safety against Western Michigan in the season opener ... five tackles vs. Syracuse ... four tackles, an interception and a pass break up in a win over Duke ... five tackles against Maryland and Florida State ... sealed the win over Florida State with his second interception of the season with less than a minute to play ... tied his season high with a team-leading nine tackles against North Carolina ... recovered a fumble and had three tackles vs. Temple ... did not play the Georgia Tech game ... came back to make eight stops vs. Virginia Tech ... five stops, including one in the backfield, against Miami ... did not participate in the Music City Bowl vs. Minnesota ... earned his third letter.

2004-Started every game, his second as a starter ... was the team's third-leading tackler with 78 stops (51 solo, 27 assists) ... tied for 19th in the ACC in tackling with an average of 6.5 stops per game, which was tops among league cornerbacks ... was the only CB in the top 25 ... had at least six tackles on eight occasions ... shared the team lead with five PBUs with Marcus Hamilton ... caused two fumbles to share the team lead with Kai Parham ... caused a fumble, broke up a pass and made two tackles in the opener vs. Temple ... five tackles in a win over North Carolina ... six tackles each in back-to-back wins over Akron and Syracuse ... had a big game in the impressive win over Clemson ... broke up two passes and intercepted one, while finishing with five tackles ... eight tackles against Florida State and seven vs. Duke ... career-high 10 tackles against Miami ... led the team in tackling the last two regular season games with eight vs. Georgia Tech and nine against Virginia Tech ... had the first sack of his career in a road win over Georgia Tech ... was in on seven tackles in the MPC Computers Bowl vs. Fresno State ... lettered.

2003-Dynamic player who was moved to cornerback during spring minicamp ... played in every game, including starts in the last six games ... 38 tackles were fourth among the team's defensive backs ... played mostly in the nickel and dime packages before moving into the starting line-up ... led the team in kickoff returns with an average of 25.8 yards per return ... second on the team with two interceptions ... made his first electrifying play in the third game against Western Michigan by returning an interception 45 yards for a touchdown ... returned two kickoffs for a 45.5-yard average against Clemson ... had a career-long 48-yard return late in the game to set up UVa's game-tying touchdown drive that forced overtime ... had four returns against Florida State for a 28.5-yard average, which included returns of 39 and 43 yards ... had six tackles and a pass break-up in his first start against Troy ... season-high seven stops vs. N.C. State and five in the Maryland game ... six tackles apiece in back-to-back wins over Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech to end the regular season ... had an interception deep in his own territory to set up what proved to be the game-winning touchdown drive vs. the Hokies ... made four tackles in the victory over Pittsburgh in the Continental Tire Bowl and helped shut down Larry Fitzgerald, ending his streak of 18 consecutive games with a touchdown catch ... lettered.

2002-Was in uniform for games against Colorado State, South Carolina, Akron, Duke, Clemson, North Carolina, N.C. State, Maryland and West Virginia, but did not play ... red-shirted.

HIGH SCHOOL: Had an outstanding career at St. Peter Chanel HS for coach Bill Powers ... rushed for more than 3,400 yards in his career ... PrepStar All-American ... listed as the #85 player in the Midwest by SuperPrep ... #8 running back in the Midwest region by PrepStar ... #13 all-purpose back in the nation by Rivals.com ... four-star player by Max Emfinger ... Prep Football Report's #44 player in the Midwest region ... Ohio Co-Offensive Player of the Year in Division V ... named to the Cleveland Plain Dealer's All-Star Offensive Team ... his team posted a 15-0 record and won the state championship in his senior season ... first-team All-State after rushing for 2,206 yards on 203 carries and 29 touchdowns as a senior ... rushed for an Ohio record 393 yards in the state final and scored on runs of 10, 81, 49 and 80 yards ... also rushed for 322 yards in the state semifinals ... gained 959 yards in the last three games-all playoff contests ... as a junior, he earned first-team All-State honors after rushing for 1,400 yards and 18 touchdowns ... his team was state runner-up in 2000.

PERSONAL: Anthony Isaiah Franklin ... born 9-1-84 in Cleveland, Ohio ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ? son of Sandra and the late Glenn Franklin, Jr. ... has an older brother Glenn and an older sister Angel ... sociology major.

Franklin Defensively

Year G Plys S A Tot. TFL QBS FR FC PBU Int QBH BlK
2003 13 517 34 4 38 0 0 1 0 2 2 0 0
2004 12 769 51 27 78 3-18 1-8 0 2 5 1 0 0
2005 10 650 39 16 55 3-10 0 1 0 2 2 1 0
Career 35 1936 124 47 171 6-28 1-8 2 2 9 5 1 0

Franklin Interceptions

Year G No. Yds. Avg. LP TD
2003 13 2 45 22.5 45 1
2004 12 1 0 0.0 0 0
2005 10 2 8 4.0 8 0
Career 35 5 53 10.6 45 1

Franklin Kick Returns

Year G No. Yds Avg. LP TD
2003 13 13 336 25.8 48 0
2005 10 1 18 18.0 18 0
Career 35 14 354 25.3 48 0