|High School:||Caldwell County HS|
|Alma Mater:||Murray State (1979)|
Tony Franklin spent three seasons as Cal’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2013-15 while adding responsibilities as the running backs coach in his final season at the school. Franklin resigned from his position at Cal on January 22, 2016.
“It has been an honor to represent the world’s No. 1 public education institution as the offensive coordinator for one of the nation’s best offenses,” Franklin said. “The young men I was honored to lead shattered the Cal record books with an exciting brand of football, unlike any previously performed in Cal’s rich history, culminating with a 2015 bowl game victory.”
“I appreciate all of the contributions that Tony has made over the last three seasons to make our football program successful and all that he has accomplished throughout his career including the last six years we have spent working together at Cal and Louisiana Tech,” Cal head coach Sonny Dykes added. “I will miss him both as a colleague and a friend, but at this point in his career he has decided that this is the best move for him and his family. I respect and honor that wholeheartedly, and I wish both Tony and his family nothing but the best.”
Cal posted an 8-5 overall record in the Bears’ third campaign under Dykes in 2015 to mark the school’s most victories since 2009, capping the season with a win over Air Force at the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. The bowl victory was Cal’s first postseason win since 2008 in its first bowl appearance since 2011. The team’s seven-win turnaround over the last two seasons is tied for the second best in school history behind only the eight-win improvement from a 2-10 mark in 1946 to a 10-1 record in 1948. Only 17 squads since the beginning of Cal football in 1882-83 have won either nine or 10 games.
Among the single-season school records Cal set in 2015 on the offensive side of the ball were passing yardage (4,892), passing yards per game (376.3 ypg), passing touchdowns (44), total offense (6,879), total yards per game (529.2 ypg), total touchdowns (63), scoring offense (37.9 ppg, modern-era record), first downs (341) and first downs passing (201), with all the marks previously set in 2013 or 2014.
Cal ranked third nationally in passing offense, eighth in total offense and 17th in scoring offense in 2015, with all of the numbers second in the Pac-12.
Cal also set single-game team records in 2015 with 760 yards of total offense and 36 first downs vs. Oregon State, while tying a modern-era school record with 10 extra-point attempts vs. Grambling State.
Quarterback Jared Goff, who declared for the 2016 NFL Draft last month, set 26 school records during his three seasons and started all 37 of Cal’s games at quarterback from 2013-15 including career marks for passing yardage (12,220), touchdown passes (96), total offense (12,086) and completions (977). He also finished his career second on the school’s all-time list for passing efficiency (143.95) behind only Aaron Rodgers. He ranks third all-time in Pac-12 history in passing yardage and fourth in passing touchdowns, while he is 26th nationally in passing yards and 27th in passing touchdowns.
Goff also broke a pair of Pac-12 single-season records in his final season as a 2015 junior when he passed for 4,719 yards and 43 touchdowns to lead an 8-5 Cal team to a winning record and bowl game for the first time since 2011. He was also the first Cal quarterback to earn first-team All-Pac-12 honors since Rodgers in 2004, a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award and Cal’s Most Outstanding Player in a Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl victory over Air Force when he set the bowl’s single-game records by passing for 467 yards and six touchdowns in his final collegiate game. The bowl victory was Cal’s first since a 2008 win over Miami (Fla.) in the Emerald Bowl.
Cal was the only team in the nation to have six receivers with 40 or more catches in 2015 – Kenny Lawler (52-658, 13 TD), Darius Powe (47-560, 8 TD), Bryce Treggs (45-956, 7 TD), Stephen Anderson (41-474, 2 TD), Trevor Davis (40-672, 2 TD) and Maurice Harris (40-558, 6 TD). The Bears also had three 500-yard rushers – Khalfani Muhammad (87-586, 1 TD), Vic Enwere (106-505, 8 TD) and Tre Watson (89-504, 3 TD) – to become the first college football team in recorded history to have six players with 40 or more receptions and three 500-yard rushers in the same season.
Goff became the first Cal quarterback to earn first-team All-Pac-12 honors since Aaron Rodgers in 2004 and was a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. Goff was ranked as high as No. 3 on the USA Today Heisman Hot List and tied for No. 6 on ESPN’s Heisman Watch after the team’s 5-0 start.
Goff led the Pac-12 and ranks third in the nation in 2015 in both passing touchdowns and passing yards. He was also second both nationally and in the conference in passing yards per game (363.0) among 10 categories in which he ranked among the top three in the conference and top 20 nationally.
Franklin’s offense also broke single-season school or modern-era school records in 2013 and 2014
The Bears set or equaled nine single-season school or modern-era school records on the offensive side of the ball in 2014 in their second season under Franklin’s leadership. Cal established single-season records for passing yards (4,152), passing touchdowns (37), total yards per game (495.2 ypg) and first downs passing (188), as well modern-era school records for points (459), scoring average (38.2 ppg) and touchdowns (61) that were all that were broken in 2015 and now rank third all-time also behind the 1920 team (510 points, 56.7 ppg, 72 touchdowns). Cal also tied modern-era records for PAT (56) and PAT attempts (57) in 2014. In addition, the Bears became the first Cal team in the modern era to score 55 or more points in a game three times including 40 or more five times and 30 or more on 10 occasions.
Cal ranked in the top 25 nationally in a total of seven offensive categories in 2014 including passing offense (6th, 346.0 ypg), scoring offense (10th, 38.3 ppg), total offense (13th, 495.2 ypg), fourth-down conversion percentage (14th, 67.9%, 19-28), first downs offense (19th, 319), third-down conversions (23rd, 46.1%) and team passing efficiency (24th, 145.77).
Goff set 15 single-season, single-game or single-play school records in 2014 that were broken in 2015 including passing yards (3,973), passing touchdowns (35), touchdowns responsible for (35), total offense (3,929) and 300-yard passing games (7), while his consecutive 300-yard passing games (6) and most consecutive passes without an interception (185) marks from 2014 remain school records. Goff completed 316-of-509 passes (62.1%) with seven interceptions for a 147.59 passer efficiency rating that was the fifth-best single-season mark in school history.
Goff also ranked among the nation’s top 10 in six individual categories in 2014 including passing touchdowns (5th), passing yards (5th), passing yards per game (5th, 331.1 ypg), completions per game (5th, 26.33 cpg), total offense (8th, 327.4 ypg) and points responsible for per game (9th, 18.0 ppg).
Franklin’s first offensive unit at Cal in 2013 set single-season school records for passing yards (3977), pass completions (368) and total plays (1,046), with the passing yards mark being broken in 2014 and 2015 while the pass completions and total plays records still stand. The passing offense finished third in the Pac-12 and 10th in the nation with an average of 331.4 yards per game that was also the best in school history before being surpassed in 2014 and 2015. Cal’s 5,443 yards of total offense in 2013 is the fifth-highest total in school history, while its average of 453.6 yards per game ranks sixth.
As a true freshman in 2013, Goff started all 12 games and became the first true freshman quarterback in school history to start a season-opener. Goff set school records in passing yardage (3508), total offense (3446), completions (320), pass attempts (531) and total plays (590) in his first season as the Bears’ signal caller before late breaking all but the pass attempts marks.
Goff spread the ball around to a prolific group of wide receivers during his three seasons including a 2015 group that made Cal the only team in the nation with six different receivers with at least 40 catches, 450 yards receiving and two touchdown catches in 2015. The group included Kenny Lawler (52-658, 13 TD), Darius Powe (47-560, 8 TD), Bryce Treggs (45-956, 7 TD), Stephen Anderson (41-474, 2 TD), Trevor Davis (40-672, 2 TD) and Maurice Harris (40-558, 6 TD).
In his final season at Cal in 2015 before declaring for the 2016 NFL Draft, Lawler became the school's first wide receiver to earn first-team All-Pac-12 honors since Keenan Allen in 2011. He recorded a career-high 13 touchdown catches to lead the team while ranking second in the Pac-12 and tied for eighth nationally. The 13 touchdown grabs also ranked tied for second on Cal’s all-time single-season list behind only the school-record 14 registered by Sean Dawkins in 1992. Lawler finished with 52 receptions as a junior to lead the squad for the second straight season and totaled 658 yards receiving, while finishing his career tied for second on Cal’s all-time list touchdown receptions and tied for 12th in the Pac-12 with 27 scoring grabs among 143 catches for 1,706 yards receiving over 35 games and 19 starts. He also had at least one catch in 34 of his 35 career games.
Treggs finished his career fourth all-time at Cal with 195 receptions, fifth with 2,506 yards receiving and 10th with 15 touchdown catches after catching 45 passes for a career-high 956 yards receiving to go with a career-best seven touchdown receptions in 2015. Treggs had at least one reception in 45 of the 46 games played in at Cal including each of the last 39 to fall three short of Robert Jordan’s school-record 42.
The 2015 Bears also had three 500-yard rushers in 2015 – Khalfani Muhammad (87-586, 1 TD), Vic Enwere (106-505, 8 TD) and Tre Watson (89-504, 3 TD) – to become the first college football team in recorded history to have six players with 40 or more receptions and three 500-yard rushers in the same season.
Cal had three players finish the season with over 50 catches – Lawler (54), Chris Harper (52) and Treggs (52) – for the first time in school history in 2014. The Bears also had four players with more than 45 receptions, adding Anderson (46) to the group and eight with 20 or more with the addition of Daniel Lasco (33), Harris (25), Davis (24) and Powe (20). Lawler also led the team in both yards receiving (701) and touchdown receptions (9).
The team's running game also sparkled in 2014 with the emergence of Lasco, who was named Cal's Most Valuable Player and earned an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection from the league’s coaches after becoming the first Cal player to rush for 1,000 yards or more since Isi Sofele in 2011 by totaling 1,115 rushing yards, while adding 14 total touchdowns including 12 on the ground that rank ninth on Cal’s all-time single-season list. Lasco was also a threat out of the backfield with 33 receptions for 356 yards receiving and two scores. His combined 1,471 rushing and receiving yards were the most by a Cal player since 2008 when Jahvid Best combined for 1,826 (1,580 rushing, 246 receiving).
Treggs (77) and Harper (70) were Goff’s primary receivers in 2013 when they put up career-high reception totals that are fourth and seventh on the school’s all-time single-season list. Richard Rodgers also had his most productive season by far at Cal, picking up career highs of 39 receptions and 608 yards receiving, and was a third-round pick of the Green Bay Packers in 2014 NFL Draft.
Franklin served in the same role for Dykes at Louisiana Tech from 2010-12. In his final campaign with the Bulldogs, Louisiana Tech posted a 9-3 record and led the nation in scoring offense (51.50 points per game) and total offense (577.92 ypg) to make Franklin a nominee for the Broyles Award given annually to the college football’s top assistant coach and one of four finalists for the FootballScoop.com Offensive Coordinator of the Year.
In addition to leading the nation in scoring and total offense with an offense that posted the fifth-highest per-game scoring average ever by a team in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), Louisiana Tech ranked among the NCAA’s top 20 in 2012 in passing offense (3rd, 350.75 ypg), fewest sacks allowed (7th, 0.83 spg), turnover margin (10th, +1.08 per game) and rushing offense (18th, 227.17 ypg). The Bulldogs scored more than 40 points in 11 of 12 games and over 50 points on eight occasions.
Quarterback Colby Cameron was named the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year and earned the Sammy Baugh Award presented to college football’s top passer by The Touchdown Club of Columbus. Cameron completed 359-of-522 passes (68.8%) for 4,147 yards and 31 touchdowns with just five interceptions. He ranked third nationally in total offense (360.33 ypg), while he was 22nd in the nation in passing efficiency (153.19). Cameron also set a new NCAA record for most consecutive passes without an interception over his first 428 attempts in 2012 and totaled 444 going back to the previous season.
Second-team AP All-American Quinton Patton, now a member of the San Francisco 49ers, was Cameron’s top receiver and a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist in 2012 with 104 catches for 1,392 yards receiving and 13 touchdown receptions. Patton led the WAC in both per-game receiving yards (116.00 ypg) and receptions (8.67 rpg), with those numbers ranking fourth and fifth nationally. Myles White added 56 catches for 718 yards receiving and six touchdowns, while ranking fourth and sixth in the WAC in per-game yards receiving (59.83 ypg) and receptions (4.67 rpg).
On the ground, running back Kenneth Dixon was tabbed the WAC Freshman of the Year and earned Freshman All-American honors after breaking Marshall Faulk’s NCAA freshman records for rushing touchdowns (27), total touchdowns (28) and points (168). Dixon led the country in scoring with an average of 14.00 points per game while totaling 1,194 yards on 200 carries. He was also second in the WAC and 33rd nationally in rushing with an average of 106.42 yards per game. Capital One Academic All-America® first teamer Ray Holley, a graduate student pursing a degree in counseling with a 3.50 GPA, added 740 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground over 142 rushes.
During Franklin’s second season in Ruston in 2011 he orchestrated an offense that was fundamentally sound and continued to improve weekly on a Louisiana Tech team that finished 8-5 overall and won the WAC title with a 6-1 league record before advancing to play TCU in the Poinsettia Bowl. Tech ranked third in the nation with five different scoring drives over 90 yards during the season. That precision guided Tech’s offensive explosion at Fresno State when the team scored 34 points and notched over 400 yards of offense in the first half alone. The offense produced more than 40 points on three occasions and averaged 31.71 points per contest during a seven-game win streak to end the regular season. Patton was among both the top receivers in the WAC and across the nation in per-game yards receiving (92.46 ypg, No. 2 WAC, No. 20 NCAA) and receptions (6.08 rpg, No. 4 WAC, No. T28 NCAA), finishing with totals of 79 receptions for 1,202 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns.
In Franklin’s first year on Tech’s staff, his spread offense exploded into a high-octane mechanism in the middle of the season resulting with the team scoring 34 points or more in four of the final six contests and 41 or more three times. Running back Lennon Creek was the team’s top threat, rushing for 1,181 yards and 10 scores on 212 carries. His average of 98.42 yards rushing per game ranked third in the WAC and 22nd nationally.
Franklin spent one season as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Middle Tennessee in 2009 prior to his three-year stint at Louisiana Tech. At MTSU, Franklin’s offense generated 421.69 total yards of offense and 32.00 points per game, the fourth and seventh highest totals in school history for a team that posted a 10-3 record that was its best since 1992 and had a seven-game win streak to end the season that was the longest at the school since the 1985 squad won its first 11 contests. The Blue Raider offense, which produced three All-Sun Belt Conference players, scored 30 or more points nine times, including each of the last five games, and topped the 400-yard mark in total offense on eight occasions. Franklin’s 2009 unit set school records in total yards (5,482), passing yards (3,064) and total points (416), with per-game averages that were 23rd nationally in scoring, and 27th in total offense and rushing offense (186.00 ypg).
Middle Tennessee quarterback Dwight Dasher came of age in Franklin’s offensive schemes. The second-team All-Sun Belt Conference performer was the MVP of the 2009 New Orleans Bowl, where he broke Vince Young’s NCAA record for yards rushing in a bowl game by a quarterback with 201 (since broken by Johnny Manziel in the 2013 Cotton Bowl). Dasher ranked seventh in the nation in total offense (303.31 ypg), threw for a school-record 23 TD passes and was named the SBC Player of the Week three times that season. Dasher finished the season with totals of 2,789 yards passing and 1,154 yards rushing to become only the eighth player in NCAA history to pass for over 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in the same season, and the first quarterback in Middle Tennessee history to rush for 1,000.
Franklin made his way to Middle Tennessee after a brief stint as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Auburn, where he coached the Tigers to an overtime victory over Clemson in the 2007 Chick-fil-A Bowl. He remained in the role six games into the 2008 season, with Auburn adding to his Chick-fil-A Bowl victory in 2007 by sporting a 4-2 record in 2008 before he was released from his duties. The Tigers were 0-5 against Division I teams the remainder of the 2008 campaign following his departure.
Franklin was in the same capacity the previous two seasons at Troy (2006-07) where the Trojans combined to go 16-9 overall and 12-2 in the Sun Belt Conference while collecting two league titles. During that span his offense scored 30 or more points 11 times and on eight occasions in his second season, including games against Florida, Georgia and Oklahoma State. In 2007, his squad led the Sun Belt in scoring offense (34.00 ppg) and total offense (452.83 ypg), with a No. 16 national ranking in the latter.
In addition to helping the Trojans to their first Sun Belt Conference title and a victory in the New Orleans Bowl in his first season at Troy, Franklin 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 facing three of the top-20 ranked passing defense teams in the country during the season, and more than doubled their offensive output in conference action to 25.23 points per game.
Franklin spent four campaigns on the football staff at Kentucky from 1997-2000 following 16 seasons as a high school football coach. During his tenure at Kentucky, the Wildcats enjoyed unprecedented success on the offensive side of the ball, setting several NCAA, SEC and school records. After coaching running backs for the first three seasons, Franklin was named offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach for the 2000 campaign and led the Wildcats to success as the nation’s second-best passing offense as well as the country’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 Kentucky quarterbacks, and Couch was the first player selected in the 1999 NFL Draft. Several other UK players reached their goals of 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 seasons in 1998 and 1999, including their first New Year’s Day Bowl game appearance in 47 years against Penn State in the Outback Bowl following the end of the 1998 campaign.
Franklin also spent one season in 2003 as the general manager and head coach of the Lexington Horsemen of the National Indoor Football League, successfully leading the team to a first-round playoff game and a 9-5 regular-season record as an expansion franchise in its inaugural season. The team paced the Atlantic Division in scoring, averaging 53.1 points per game.
In addition to his coaching career, Franklin is the owner of The Tony Franklin Systems that conducts a series of football seminars for coaches emphasizing winning solutions. 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 has also written a pair of books and received rave reviews for his second publication, Victor’s Victory, which chronicled the tragic death and spectacular life of 15-year-old Hoover High School football player Victor Dionte Hill, who 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) in every school and youth organization in Alabama.
Franklin received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Murray State in 1979 and 1989, where he was a two-year starter as a running back. He is married to Laura Franklin, and they have three daughters: Chelsea, Caroline and Caitlin.
Tony Franklin File
Birthdate: August 29, 1957
Hometown: Princeton, KY
High School: Caldwell County HS
College: Murray State, 1979, Bachelor's in History; Murray State, 1989, Master's In Education
Family: Wife, Laura; Daughters, Chelsea, Caroline and Caitlin
Collegiate Coaching History
Season: School – Position
1997: Kentucky – Running Backs
1998: Kentucky – Running Backs
1999: Kentucky – Running Backs
2000: Kentucky – Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers
2006: Troy – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2007: Troy – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
*2008: Auburn – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2009: Middle Tennessee – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2010: Louisiana Tech – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2011: Louisiana Tech – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2012: Louisiana Tech – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2013: Cal – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2014: Cal – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2015: Cal – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks/Running Backs
*Also coached Auburn in the 2007 Chick-fil-A Bowl
Bowl History (7 Games)
Season: School – Bowl
1998: Kentucky – Outback Bowl
1999: Kentucky – Music City Bowl
2006: Troy – New Orleans Bowl
2007: Auburn – Chick-fil-A Bowl
2009: Middle Tennessee – New Orleans Bowl
2011: Louisiana Tech – Poinsettia Bowl
2015: Cal – Armed Forces Bowl
*Season in which bowl/playoff was played
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