FAYETTEVILLE, AR (ArkansasSports360.com) - Jerry Franklin led Arkansas in tackles as a redshirt freshman in 2008. He did it again in 2009 and 2010, making him one of the most accomplished players in Razorback history.
Yet Franklin, who tallied 100 tackles last season, also happens to be one of the most criticized players by Bobby Petrino and staff. Franklin seems to rack up time in the Petrino doghouse like tackles.
What is it coaches want out of Franklin? How can he improve his standing during his final fall camp, which begins Thursday?
"He has to learn how to enjoy the grind," linebackers coach Reggie Johnson said. "Learn to like [practice]. Learn to love it, and we'll be a better football team. I think he will. I think he will respond to that."
Franklin has one final opportunity to respond to coaches' expectations. He returns for his senior year and hopes to build on what he's accomplished in previous seasons.
On-field production won't be an issue. Franklin, an All-SEC pick last year, has a knack for being near the play. Just look at his 281 career tackles for evidence of that. Take it a step further if you want with his 13 tackles for loss in 2010.
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