Franklin Earns Reps with First Team

Orlando Franklin is a much talked about incoming freshman offensive lineman. Read on to see what he's talking about after his first practice.

Orlando Franklin hasn't had an easy path to Miami. He originally signed with the Hurricanes as a member of the class of 2006, but NCAA Clearing House issues forced him to wait until 2007 to sign with the team. He was all smiles at Media Day yesterday and talked about the experience.

"It does feel very good to finally be here, I'm really excited," he said about finally being a Hurricane. "When it first happened, I thought to myself, ‘man, this is going to be rough,' but my momma and the coaches called me on a day to day basis and told me if I worked hard, everything would be alright."

From day one, the coaches have been really high on Franklin, and it showed when he was placed on the second team as soon as he stepped on campus.

"Right now I play mostly second team left guard," he said. "I don't really know about all that [starting as a freshman], but I'm going to take it on a day by day basis and just work as hard as I can and do whatever is in my power."

He is making the most out of his opportunity. During his first practice on Saturday, he took several reps with the first team and was often the focus of Coach Stoutland's teachings. Stoutland singled Franklin out on several plays during practice, and was often heard yelling ‘Orlando!' after a play was over.

"I think the competition is going to be really good, that's really going to help us out this year," said Franklin. " I feel as if between the first team and second team, either one could start. I feel like we have a really good opportunity this year because the competition is so up there, you could have anybody get in and start."

Franklin could easily be starting on opening day. Coach Shannon has a strict policy when it comes to weight and conditioning, and some players have already lost their spot on the depth chart because of it. Franklin, who is large but lean, does not have that problem.

"Right now, I‘m at 326 lbs. I'm at the same weight I was when I first came in last year. We had a fitness test and I made all my times, so I don't think the coaches want me any lighter."

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