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Transfer RB, Little Rock native receives offer from Hogs

Sam Franklin (23) of Little Rock Central against Fayetteville at Harmon Stadium, Fayetteville, Arkansas on Friday, November 13, 2020. (Special to NWA Democrat-Gazette/David Beach)

Tennessee-Martin running back and Little Rock native Samuel Franklin received an offer from Arkansas on Friday.

He rushed 223 times for 1,386 yards and 11 touchdowns this season as a redshirt sophomore. He also had 14 catches for 117 yards and 1 touchdown, and was named first-team Big South-OVC Football Association.

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He is a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, which is given each year to the most outstanding offensive player in FCS football. 

Franklin, 5-10 and 200 pounds, was a standout at Little Rock Central prior to attending UT-Martin. He had 2,229 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns, and 521 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns as a Tiger. 

He was named Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year after rushing for 676 yards and 8 touchdowns on 84 carries. He also earned first team Freshman All-America honors from Phil Steele.

Franklin reports other offers from South Carolina, Southern Cal, Indiana, Memphis, Texas Tech and Oklahoma.