ASU Safety Emmanuel Franklin Receives Extension Of Eligibility

Jan. 14, 2005


TEMPE. Ariz. - Arizona State University football student-athlete Emmanuel Franklin has been granted an extension of eligibility to his five-year clock, the NCAA announced Friday.  As per NCAA legislation, a student-athlete has five years from initial full-time enrollment to compete in four seasons of competition.  This request was submitted by ASU to the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee.  The NCAA notified ASU on Friday.


Franklin, a senior from Houston, Texas, sat out the entire 2002 season after suffering a concussion during spring drills and subsequently underwent brain surgery.  Franklin, a three-year letterman, could be one of the Pacific-10 Conference's top safeties in 2005.


'This is a great boost to the program in that Emmanuel really came into his own in 2004 after moving from cornerback to safety at his request,' says Sun Devil Head Coach Dirk Koetter.  'With this, he will now have the chance to do even bigger and better things in 2005.'


Franklin has started 22 career games for ASU.  He was sixth in tackles last year for a Sun Devil team that went 9-3 and beat Purdue, 27-23, in the Vitalis Sun Bowl.  Franklin collected 49 tackles (31 solos), six tackles for loss (13 yards), one quarterback sack (six yards), four interceptions (83 yards), seven pass breakups, two recovered fumbles and one forced fumble. 


Franklin played sparingly in the 2003 season following brain surgery in 2002.  He played in nine games and started four.  He recorded 13 tackles, nine of which were solo stops.  Franklin was recognized as a Hard Hat Player for his work in ASU's winter strength and conditioning program.  In 2001, Franklin played in nine games and started six.  He registered 34 tackles (24 solos) and broke up four passes.   


Franklin is a 2000 graduate of Jesse Jones High School.