In 2012, James Franklin will meet James Franklin; really!
Depending upon your allegiance and your geography, this post title will make complete sense or no sense whatsoever. Let me take a moment to explain.
For those who know me best you will think of Vanderbilt head football coach James Franklin, the man who has helped lead one of the biggest turnarounds in college football in 2011. The Commodores won two games in each of the 2009 and 2010 seasons, but then changed course to have a stunning 6 win season in 2011. Coach Franklin’s success is still being felt as many teams continue to poach his coaching staff. Having others recruit your coaches is a sure sign that you are headed in the right direction.
The “Other James Franklin” is a newcomer to the SEC, but he has already made a name for himself in college football. James Franklin, the quarterback of the Missouri Tigers, will line up against the Commodores in Columbia, MO on October 6 as the Tigers begin their inaugural season of SEC football competition.
This James Franklin started all 13 games for Mizzou in 2011 and threw for 2865 yards and 21 touchdowns while rushing for 981 yards and 15 touchdowns. I suspect he will be a handful for many teams because of his dual-threat capability.
So there you have it-James Franklin will meet James Franklin in 2012. The victor will be determined on the field, but both of these gentlemen are well respected and successful in their careers.