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Franklin's passion paved the way

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Who is James Franklin? Here are two articles that offer insight on the Commodores' new head football coach.

First, Ed Kracz of the Bucks County Courier Time chronicles Franklin's journey from Langhorne, Pa., to Vanderbilt with stories on his childhood and previous coaching stops. You really get a sense of how Franklin's made it to where he is today.
"He cared about his players and was a great family guy," said Jordy Nelson, a former walk-on at Kansas State who developed into a second round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers under the tutelage of Franklin. "He had his love for the game and a love for his players, and he cares about his players like family."
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Also, Larry Leathers of VUcommodores.com looks at how Franklin's developed future stars at the quarterback position. Franklin mentored current pro QB Josh Freeman at Kansas State and ACC Rookie of the Year QB Danny O'Brien at Maryland.
"Coach (Franklin) has meant so much to me, both on and off the field," Freeman said. "One of the best things that ever happened to me was getting to work with Coach Franklin."
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