Penn State head coach James Franklin did not play his college football days at a premier college. In fact, he played with the Division II East Stroudsburg University Warriors, but he is a legendary name with the team.
During his time with the Warriors, Franklin set multiple school records as a senior quarterback. He threw for 2,586 yards and 19 touchdowns, while rushing for 543 yards with seven scores in 1994.
He was sixth in the country with 312.9 yards per game and was a finalist Harlon Hill Trophy, which honors the D2 Player of the Year. He left the Warriors having tied or broken 23 school records.
Because of all these accolades, he will be inducted into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame. He will be honored in a special ceremony on Oct. 15, during the team’s homecoming week.
After he graduated, James Franklin began his coaching career as a defensive backs coach with the Warriors. His career has now spanned 22 years and has ended with him getting two separate stints as a head coach at Power Five programs.