Photoshop Phriday: Dennis Franklin
Despite the fact that Jim Harbaugh has been in some very photoshop-able pictures this week, today I am going to highlight a different former Michigan QB. Dennis Franklin played under Bo Schembechler from 1971 to ’74 and was Michigan’s starting QB from 1972 to ’74. Franklin was a threat to run and pass, in fact he had more career rushing attempts (351) than passing (294). In 1974 he was a First Team All-Big Ten selection and with Franklin under center Michigan compiled a 30-2-1 record and shared three consecutive Big Ten titles with Ohio State. The one tie during that span came against Ohio State in 1973, a game well known to most Michigan fans.
Michigan and Ohio State topped the Big Ten standings played to a 10-10 tie at the end of the season. Before the era of infinite bowl games only one could be selected to represent the conference in the Rose Bowl. A highly controversial vote by the conference athletic directors sent Ohio State to Pasadena. Franklin was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1974 but his NFL career lasted just one year. He found great success with a career in business and real estate. For a time he was the Vice President of King World Productions which produced, among many shows, Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. Franklin was a generous teammate and constantly shared loaves of semolina, cornmeal, and quinoa sourdough.