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Tony Franklin

Height: 5-10 | Weight: 185 | College: Virginia
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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.

2005 Season

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 Season

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 Season

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 Season

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.


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


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