Franklin’s Perseverance Leads to MIAA First-Team Selection

By Amani Grant-Pate

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – On Nov. 12, 2019 Hosea Franklin was selected First Team All Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) for his historic season. His ability to catch and run the football successfully made Franklin a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses throughout the season. Franklin carried his team with several big performances all year despite a 1-10 record.

The sophomore running back set the tone early on the road in week 1 against Washburn by breaking Lincoln Hall of Famer and 2018 Black College Hall of Fame inductee Leo Lewis’ single-game school rushing record with 251 yards rushing. The previous record was 245 yards. Franklin finished his sophomore year as the number one rushing leader in the MIAA with 1,359 yards and 123.5 rushing per game. He was also number seven in NCAA Division II football for rushing yards.

The career year Franklin had also resulted in the Memphis native breaking Lincoln’s school record of 1,266 rushing yards previously held by former LU Blue Tiger Morris Henderson. Franklin has been nominated for the NCAA Division II Harlon Hill Award.

Franklin stated in an interview that he planned on having a huge season due to his performance in LU’s first game. He also expressed being selected first team MIAA was a honor and it displayed the work he had put in during the offseason. “I will have to work on getting stronger, faster, and more versatile on catching the ball and other things,” said Franklin.

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