2009: Played in three games (at Rutgers, vs. Southeast Missouri State, vs. Louisville) in a reserve offensive lineman role ...behind the offensive line, the Bearcats had an individual top the 100-yard plateau in six of the last eight games and eight out of 13 games overall ... UC topped 200-yards rushing on three occasions and set the school record for points and touchdowns.
2008: Did not see game action during the regular season.
Knoxville Catholic High School: Selected all-state by both the coaches and sportswriters' association ... invited to play in the Tennessee vs. Kentucky All-Star game ... named to the Knoxville Football League first team ... twice recognized with all-region mention ... four-year letterwinner ... Fighting Irish finished 45-5 over his prep career ... advanced to the state quarterfinals three times ... three-sport athlete.
Thomas Joel Franklin: Born Dec. 27, 1988 ... son of Stephen and Mary Franklin ... older brother, Chris, competed on the Tennessee men's swimming and diving team ... mother was a member of the swim team at Texas Tech.
Academic Major: Criminal Justice.