Larry Franklin leaves UMass football team

Last modified: Friday, January 22, 2016

Larry Franklin, a senior linebacker/safety, who transferred to UMass from Vanderbilt right before the start of preseason, has left the team for personal reasons. He’s been removed from the roster and isn’t expected to return.

The 6-foot-1, 214-pound Vero Beach, Fla. native made two sacks in UMass’ loss at Colorado and didn’t play Saturday vs. Temple. The Minuteman coaching staff had hoped he's been a significant contributor.

He left the Vanderbilt football team for unknown reasons before the start of spring practice in 2014. He didn’t play football in 2014 after former coach James Franklin, (no relation) left for Penn State after the 2013 season. Franklin stayed at Vanderbilt and graduated.

In 2013, he played 12 games, including three starts for Vanderbilt at outside linebacker. He made 13 tackles, (two vs. UMass), and had 1.5 sacks.

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