Bulldog OC up for the 2012 Broyles Award
Monday's practice set for 6 p.m., Tech to wear shoulder pads for first time this fall
Coach Dykes speaks with the media
Photos from the first practice of fall camp
Pictures from Louisiana Tech's first spring scrimmage of 2012.
LA Tech supporters met at the Ruston Civic Center to hear from Coach Sonny Dykes on the 2011 football signing class.
Louisiana Tech hosts the 14th-ranked Nevada Wolf Pack at Joe Aillet Stadium.
Tony Franklin joined the Louisiana Tech staff as the offensive coordinator in February 2010, bringing an exciting offensive attack back to Joe Aillet Stadium.
During Franklin's second year in Ruston he orchestrated an offense that was fundamentally sound and continually improved weekly. Tech ranked third in the nation with five different scoring drives of over 90 yards during the 2011 season. That precision guided Tech's offensive explosion at Fresno State when the Bulldogs scored 34 points and notched over 400 offensive yards in the first half alone.
In his first year on staff, Tech's offense exploded into a high octane mechanism in the middle of the season resulting in Tech scoring at least 20 points in six of the last seven games with the team scoring more than 30 points in four of those contests.
Franklin joined the LA Tech family after spending one season as the offensive coordinator at Middle Tennessee. At MTSU, Franklin's offense generated 421.7 yards and 32.0 points per game, the fourth and seventh highest totals in school history. The Blue Raider offense, which produced three all-Sun Belt Conference players, had 30 or more points nine times and topped the 400-yard mark on eight occasions. Franklin's 2009 unit set school records in total yards, passing yards, and total points, while finishing 23rd nationally in scoring and 27th in total offense.
The end result was a 10-3 season that witnessed a 32-31 win over Maryland early in the season and a year capped off by a 42-32 win over Southern Miss in the New Orleans Bowl, the school's first bowl in the FBS era. The 10-win season was the most by any Blue Raider team since 1992.
Quarterback Dwight Dasher came of age in Franklin's offensive schemes. Dasher, a second team all-conference performer and MVP of the New Orleans Bowl, ranked 7th in the nation in total offense, threw for a school record 23 TD passes, and was named the SBC Player of the Week three times. Franklin made his way to Middle Tennessee after a brief stint as the offensive coordinator at Auburn in 2008 and the previous two seasons in the same capacity at Troy.
In his two seasons at Troy, the Trojans went 16-9 overall and 12-2 in the Sun Belt Conference while collecting two conference championships. During that span his offense scored 30 or more points 11 times, including games against Florida, Georgia, and Oklahoma State.
In his first season at Troy, in addition to helping the Trojans to their first Sun Belt Conference title and a victory in the New Orleans Bowl, Franklin also helped engineer the second-ranked offensive unit in the Sun Belt just one year after the team ranked last in the league in total offense. The Trojans ranked first in the league in passing offense, again one year after ranking last, despite having faced three of the top 20 ranked passing defense teams in the country during the season, and improved in conference scoring from 12 points to 25 points per game.
Franklin joined the University of Kentucky football staff in 1997 following 16 years as a high school football coach. During his four-year tenure at UK, the Wildcats enjoyed unprecedented success on the offensive side of the ball, including setting several NCAA, SEC, and school records. After coaching running backs for three seasons, Franklin was named offensive coordinator for the 2000 season and led the Wildcats to success as the nation's second-best passing offense as well as the nation's 11th-best team in total offense.
Franklin's two-back combinations at Kentucky outgained any two-back combinations in the SEC in total yards from scrimmage for three straight seasons. Quarterbacks Tim Couch, Dusty Bonner, and Jared Lorenzen each led the SEC in passing during their time as UKs quarterbacks, and Couch was the first player selected in the 1999 NFL draft. Several other UK players reached their goals in making NFL teams after their experience in the high-powered offense.
Franklin was also named one of the top 10 recruiters in the South during his four years at Kentucky as he helped lead the Wildcats to their first back-to-back bowl appearances in 15 years and their first New Year's Bowl game appearance in 50 seasons.
USA Today took notice of Franklin's football coaching and teaching abilities in a feature story in 2005 which detailed his consulting successes as a nationally sought-after offensive football coach.
Franklin also received rave reviews for his second book, Victor's Victory, which chronicled the tragic death and spectacular life of 15-year-old Hoover High football player Victor Dionte Hill. Hill died from sudden cardiac arrest on the football practice field during one of Franklin's consulting sessions. The book has helped to continue the mission of Cheryl Hill, Victor's mother, to make teachers, coaches, and parents aware of the need for automatic external defibrillators (AED's) in every school and youth organization in Alabama.
Franklin achieved both his bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Murray State University, where he was a two-year starter as a running back. He is married to Laura Franklin, and they have three girls: Chelsea, Caroline, and Caitlin.
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