Franklin to run Terps' offense

December 24, 2007|By From staff reports

Maryland football James Franklin, a former Maryland assistant, is returning to the school as offensive coordinator.

Franklin, who was the Terps' wide receivers coach from 2000 to 2004, has spent the past two seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Kansas State.

"James Franklin is definitely the person who fits what I have been looking for," coach Ralph Friedgen said in a statement. "His knowledge of our program, his experience as a coordinator and his ability to recruit definitely strengthen us as a coaching staff and football program."

Franklin is taking the spot created when special teams coordinator Ray Rychleski leaves the team after Friday's Emerald Bowl to become the special teams coordinator/tight ends coach at South Carolina. Franklin, who will also be assistant head coach, signed a three-year contract and will start his new job Sunday.

This season Kansas State ranks 42nd in the Football Bowl Subdivision in total offense. The Terps are hoping Franklin can add some punch to an offense that ranks 88th in the FBS.

"I have a tremendous amount of respect for Coach Friedgen and what he's been able to accomplish throughout his career," Franklin said in the statement. "And I'm looking forward to helping him take the program to new and exciting levels. "

Kansas State has done well throwing the ball in Franklin's tenure. The Wildcats are 21st in the FBS in passing at 285.4 yards per game. Maryland is tied for 78th, averaging 203.3 yards.

Among his previous coaching jobs, Franklin was the Green Bay Packers' wide receivers coach for the 2005 season.

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