William Franklin
William Franklin


St. Louis, Mo.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 205

Wide Receiver



Mizzou Football vs. Ohio

Sept. 23, 2006 -- Faurot Field


Missouri at New Mexico

Missouri at New Mexico

  • 2007 All-Big 12 Honorable Mention (Coaches)
  • 2006 All-Big 12 Honorable Mention (AP, Coaches)
  • 2006 Team Receiver of the Year
  • 2006 Team Metro St. Louis Player of the Year

Had four receptions for 46 yards against Illinois, including a second-quarter touchdown catch, playing in his hometown of St. Louis ... Had a big game against Ole Miss, scoring two TDs and catching eight passes for 105 yards ... After grabbing a 10-yard TD pass for the Tigers first score against Ole Miss, he had a 40-yard TD reception on the next drive for his third multi-TD game of his career ... Made three receptions against Western Michigan for 56 yards ... Had two receptions for 71 yards against Illinois State ... Scored on the first play of the game on a 57-yard pass play ... The touchdown gave him 13 for his career, moving him into fifth place all-time at MU ... Caught six passes for 56 yards against Nebraska ... Had six grabs for 70 yards against Oklahoma ... Recorded one reception for 14 yards against Texas Tech ... Totaled 109 yards receiving on just two catches against Colorado ... Had a 72-yard reception that led to the Tigers' first TD against CU ... The 72-yarder was a career-long ... Made four grabs for 45 yards against Texas A&M ... The four catches against Texas A&M, moved him into fifth on the MU career receptions list ... A nine-yard grab against Kansas State was his only catch of the game ... Caught five passes for 32 yards against Kansas ... Made two receptions of 19 yards against Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship ... Has become the 11th Tiger in history to catch 100 passes ... His 138 receptions is fifth on MU's career list ... Has 2,048 career yards receiving, which ranks fourth in the MU record books ... Averages 14.8 yards per catch in his career.

Became one of the Big 12's most dangerous receiving threats and best play makers from the receiver position ... Unfortunately tore the labrum in his right shoulder making a catch early in game #11 at Iowa State, and had to have surgery to repair it, forcing him to miss the last 2 games ... Switched to the X-receiver spot, and was consistently MU's best deep threat and most dependable hands from the wideouts ... Caught 48 passes for 829 yards and six TDs - all career highs ... The injury prevented him from becoming only the 3rd player in MU history to record 1,000 receiving yards in a season ... Earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from league coaches, and was named the team's receiver of the year ... His 829 receiving yards ranked as seventh-best on Mizzou's single-season charts ... MU's best deep threat who had 5-of-6 TDs on the year come from 30 yards or farther, which was an MU single-season record for most TD receptions of 30 yards or longer ... Had two catches for 36 yards in the opening possession at Iowa State, and was likely headed for a huge game before injuring his shoulder on his second reception ... Had four grabs (for 50 yards) against Nebraska ... Set a career high with 138-yards receiving in the opener against Murray State and tied a career high with nine grabs at New Mexico ... Had a pair of TDs vs. Murray State and Ohio and had caught at least three passes in each game this season before being injured at ISU ... Caught four passes for 119 yards and a TD at Texas A&M, before suffering a thigh bruise that kept him out of action most of the second half ... Had 87 yards on five receptions against Kansas State, scoring his sixth TD of the year on a 52-yard pass from Chase Daniel in the second quarter ... Ranked 27th in NCAA receiving ypg. (75.4), which ranked third in the Big 12.

A very exciting receiver who used his rare blend of speed, strength and athleticism to excel at the H-receiver spot as a sophomore ... Ended fourth on the team with a career-high 40 catches for 413 yards and two TDs on the year ... Ended the year with a three-catch, 56-yard outing in MU's bowl victory over South Carolina ... One of his grabs was a crucial 31-yard catch-and-run that set up MU on USC's five-yardline just prior to halftime that led to a Tiger TD ... Started 11 games, with the only non-start coming against Nebraska, when MU opened in a two-tight end set ... Had a stellar game against the Huskers, as he caught a career-best nine passes for 94 yards - with seven of his catches going for first downs (three on 3rd-down and one on 4th-down) ... Had a string of five-straight games with two or more catches broken in the regular-season finale at Kansas State, as he was shut out ... Opened the year with a bang, as he caught eight passes for a career-high 116 yards and one TD, with the yardage total being the most of any Tiger in a game this season ... Also carried the ball eight times and picked up 17 net yards in those tries ... Made two catches for 31 yards at Colorado, including a beautiful sliding 18-yarder for a TD in the 1st quarter.

Was one of only two true freshmen to play in 2004, and despite a limited amount of catches (six), showed the potential to be a top-tier receiver for years to come ... Played in all 11 games, and had six catches for 174 yards and one TD ... His per-catch average was an impressive 29.0 yards, which was far and away the best on the team in 2004 ... Mizzou had nine passing plays that went for 40 yards or more on the season, and three of them went to Franklin ... Made a big impression in camp, and quickly established himself on the depth chart at the X-receiver spot ... Had his redshirt taken off in the season opener, as he had one catch for seven yards against Arkansas State ... Made two catches for 76 yards in game three against Ball State, including one that went 41 yards (from QB Brandon Coleman) for the first TD of his Tiger career in the 4th quarter of MU's 48-0 win ... Had two very impressive catches on long balls in game 10 versus rival Kansas, with the grabs going for 40 and a career-long 46 yards ... Also had one catch for five yards in MU's season-ending upset win at Iowa State.

The No. 40 national wide receiver prospect (Rivals.com) who ranked as the No. 8 overall prospect in Missouri by Rivals.com after a senior season that saw him grab 37 passes for 907 yards and 17 touchdowns as Vashon claimed the Class 4A district title ... Earned all-state, all-metro and all-league honors as a senior ... Transferred to Vashon prior to his junior year from Beaumont High School, but was forced to sit out a year due to transfer rules ... As a sophomore at Beaumont, had 367 yards receiving and nine touchdowns and added four interceptions on defense as he was named all-league ... Has sub-4.5 speed and owns a vertical jump of around 40 inches ... A solid basketball player who lettered in that sport at both schools, and was given a nickname of "Helicopter" by his friends for his high-flying aerial antics on the court ... High school coach - Reginald Ferguson.

Son of William Franklin, Sr. & Tejauna Roach ... Is the nephew of former standout NFL wide receiver Darnay Scott, whom he credits with inspiring him to pursue football ... Academic interest lies in sports management ... Chose MU over Michigan, Iowa, Illinois and Michigan State, among others.

G-GS Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Long Rush-Yds.
2004 11-0 6 174 29.0 1 46 0-0
2005 12-11 40 413 10.3 2 42 8-17
2006 11-11 48 829 17.3 6 68 0-0
2007 13-13 44 632 14.4 4 72 0-0
Totals 47-35 138 2,048 14.8 13 72 8-17
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