Who is James Franklin?

Now that the deal with Gus Malzahn has apparently fallen through, all eyes are turning to top Maryland assistant James Franklin. Vanderbilt vice chancellor David Williams has resportedly spoken highly of Franklin and he might be the backup plan for Malzahn.

Age: 38

Current occupation: Offensive Coordinator- Assistant Head Coach, Maryland

Alma Mater: East Stroudsburg


1995 Kutztown, wide receivers coach.
1996 East Stroudsburg, secondary coach (graduate assistant).
1997 James Madison, wide receivers coach.
1998 Miami Dolphins, internship.
1998 Washington State, tight ends.
1999 Philadelphia Eagles, internship.
1999 Idaho State, wide receivers coach.
2000-04 Maryland, wide receivers/ recruiting coordinator.
2005 Green Bay Packers, wide receivers coach.
2006-07 Kansas State, offensive coordinator/ quarterbacks.
2008 Minnesota Vikings, internship.
2008-pres. Maryland, assistant head coach/ offensive coordinator.

Achievements: In 2008, Maryland had a league-best six offensive players earn All-ACC honors in 2008 including first-teamer Da'Rel Scott who rushed for 1,133 yards. Scott became just the seventh player in school history to eclipse the 1,000-yard barrier. At Kansas State, Franklin's offense had a record-breaking 2007 as the Wildcats had a 3,000-yard passer, a 1,500-yard receiver and a 1,000-yard rusher in a single season for the first time in school history.

Notes: Franklin was named the eventual successor to Ralph Friedgen in February, 2009.

Watch Maryland's running backs in 2008:

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