Meet the Terps Defense: #13 Eric Franklin

College Park, MD. - TSR gets you acclimated with the 2012 Terps by taking a look at the defense.

Player: Eric Franklin

Hometown: Baltimore, Md.

Class: Senior

Height & Weight: 6-foot-2, 215 pounds

Projected Position on Depth Chart: Starting free safety

The rundown: Franklin is a very smart fourth-year player with starting experience at the safety position. In his junior year last season, Franklin started all 12 games and led the team in solo tackles with 64 tackles and total tackles with 106 tackles. He also tied for second on the team with four pass breakups. Against West Virginia, Franklin set career highs with 15 total tackles and 10 unassisted tackles with a tackle for a loss. He had 12 tackles against Temple, Virginia and Notre Dame and recorded 11 tackles and blocked a field goal attempt against Boston College. He finished sixth in the ACC and was tied for 49th nationally in tackles with 8.8 tackles per game.

Expectations for 2012: Franklin should hold onto his starting position for his senior season. He will start at the free safety position that has two inexperienced players backing up Franklin in redshirt freshman Undray Clark and freshman Anthony Nixon. Franklin said that his job will be to teach the younger players in his last season and that he wants to finish his college career strong. He should have similar numbers to last year and possibly even more with the extra pressure on opposing quarterbacks resulting from the change to a 3-4 defense.

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