"Alex is a very physical player who runs to the ball well," Franchione said Wednesday morning when talking about the sophomore linebacker. "Pound for pound, he's the strongest athlete in our program.
"He's learning the game, and as he learns the game, he's going to continue to play faster and faster," added Franchione.
Elkins, from Keller, Texas, did not play football in high school, and was noticed by the Blinn coaching staff when he attended a one-day camp in the summer of 2009.
"He's only played 17 football games and for him to get the attention and the recruiting that he's gotten from people says a lot," said Franchione. "He really impressed us with his speed and his strength (at the one-day camp). We could tell he was rough as far as the football knowledge because the worst thing he did was the football drills.
"But with the speed and quickness and the power that we saw from the physical testing, we were willing to take a chance on him, and we needed a linebacker," the Blinn coach added.
Franchione is glad they took a chance on Elkins, who was one of three standout freshmen linebackers who helped lead Blinn to the NJCAA national title with an 11-1 record last season.
"The best football for him is in front of him. Somebody is going to get a really good athlete, and I'd like to think he has a good base in defensive football that we've had the opportunity to teach him here," said Franchione.
"Somebody is going to get the chance to continue to mold him into the best player he can be. He's one of my best teachers. If you say it wrong (on the practice field), he does it wrong. If you say it right, he does it right. As a coach you find out real quick whether you said it exactly the way you wanted to or you said it with some gray area and he didn't understand it."
Check back to GoPokes.com as we'll have more after visiting with Elkin.