2008 (Freshman): He moved from safety to linebacker during his redshirt season and made so much progress he’s listed as the starter at middle linebacker heading into the season. When he arrived on campus, he was 6-1, 210 pounds, but has increased his size and strength, and is now 6-2, 229. He had two tackles and a pass breakup in the Red-White Spring Game. In the first major scrimmage, he had eight tackles with a one-yard TFL. In the second scrimmage, he was second on the team with nine stops.
2007 (Redshirt): He redshirted and practiced with the scout team.
Personal: Born Jan. 10, 1988, he is the son of Mary Franklin. He is majoring in recreation.
High School: He was named the Class 6A Offensive Player of the Year and the 6A East Back of the Year as a senior for Coach Mark Uhiren. He earned first-team all-state honors as a receiver and running back. He scored touchdowns via the run, the pass, a fumble return, an interception return and a kickoff return. He had 18 receptions for 463 yards and 12 touchdowns, and he ran six times for 183 yards and three scores. On defense, he had 76 tackles and six interceptions with two picks returned for TDs. As a junior, he was the 6A Player of the Year and the defensive player of the year for all classifications by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He had 15 catches for 520 yards and eight scores. He also recorded 67 tackles and seven interceptions with three returned for touchdowns. Rivals listed him as the No. 38 safety in the nation and as the No. 8 prospect in Arkansas. He was also on the HawgSports.com Natural 21 at No. 7. He chose Arkansas over Ole Miss, Illinois, Miami (Fla.) and Tennessee.