DL Franklin Shows Versatility

Defensive lineman Vegas Franklin is entering his fourth season as a Miami Hurricane and has played in 15 games while recording 12 tackles.

Junior defensive lineman Vegas Franklin, who has played defensive end his whole career at UM, has been playing more at the defensive tackle position this spring.

Franklin says he doesn't "really know" if the change is permanent. He is just "playing where the coaches put me."

He is a skilled pass rusher who will most likely receive the majority of his snaps on third down passing situations.

He exhibited his potential last season versus Virginia Tech. In that game Franklin forced a fumble and made one assisted tackle while playing just seven snaps.

In high school, Franklin was incredible coming off the edge on defense. He blocked 11 kicks his senior year of high school—four punts, three PATs and four field goals—at East St. John High School in Reserve Louisiana.

Franklin was also recruited by Louisiana State, Florida State, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.

Playing as an undersized defensive end for most of his career, Franklin is up to 260 pounds this spring. He is not sure what weight he would like to be at for the spring, depending on if the move to defensive tackle is permanent.

If Franklin resumes his career at defensive end for UM, he will most likely battle with redshirt freshman Courtney Harris for playing time as the third down pass rushing specialist.

Vegas had the best game of his UM career against Virginia Tech in 2005. Franklin only played seven snaps and finished with one assisted tackle and a forced fumble, but his impact on the game was greater than the statistics show.

Franklin was constantly in the backfield and disrupted the play of quarterback Marcus Vick.

He has shown flashes of his ability to get to the quarterback this spring. During the scrimmage last Saturday, Franklin was able to get in the backfield and disrupt the quarterback.

Of his performance he said, "I had a descent game, I did pretty good I guess. I had one sack and a couple of assists."

The following is Franklin's thoughts on his new defensive line coach and which teammates are excelling on the defensive and offensive line.

What are your impressions of Coach Hurtt as a coach?

Franklin responded, "Coach Hurtt is just like a big kid. He likes to clown around with us, but he is serious about his job."

Which defensive lineman has impressed you the most this spring?

"I will say Calais Campbell."

Which offensive lineman has been the toughest to go up against?

"Anthony Wolschlager the returning center, he is looking pretty good."

David Lake is a Staff Writer with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at lake@canestime.com

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