Player: Aaron Franklin
Hometown: Marshall, Texas
Class: Redshirt sophomore
Height & Weight: 6-foot-1, 212 pounds
Likely position on fall depth chart: Backup weak side linebacker
The rundown: This third-year Sooner participated in 10 games a year ago, recording four tackles, a pair of which were unassisted. Two of those stops came against Iowa State. Though he was a reserve linebacker, Franklin spent most of his playing time on special teams. A former four-star Scout.com recruit, he was also a first team Academic All-Big 12 recipient last year.
Expectations for 2012: Franklin should crack his way into the two-deep this time around after redshirting and playing in that mostly special teams role the previous two seasons. He'll be behind Corey Nelson on the depth chart, so that'll mean he'll have to fight for much playing time still. Expect him to contribute again on special teams in a similar way to 2011.
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