Gabe Franklin
Gabe  Franklin

Position:
Safeties

Alma Mater:
Boise State, 2004

A four-year letterwinner and three-time all-league cornerback, Gabe Franklin is entering his second season as the Broncos’ safeties coach.

In his debut season, the Bronco defense allowed just 23.3 points per game, a mark that ranked 29th nationally. Safety Chanceller James finished as the Broncos’ second-leading tackler (80) and led the team with three interceptions, ultimately garnering second-team All-Mountain West honors.

Franklin, who lettered for the Broncos from 2001-04, returned to his alma mater after spending the previous five seasons at UTEP, where he served as defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator. He joined the UTEP staff as cornerbacks coach in 2011 before being elevated to defensive backs coach in 2013 and recruiting coordinator in 2014.

In 2015 UTEP's secondary was credited with 32 pass break-ups, led by seven from Da'Carlos Renfro. Six of Franklin's defensive backs ranked among UTEP's top-10 tacklers on the year, led by Dashone Smith's 41 (20 solo). That followed a 2014 campaign in which the Miner secondary intercepted 11 passes, with seven different defensive backs making a theft, and broke up 40 passes.

Franklin's secondaries also made their marks as sure tacklers, most notably in 2013 when UTEP's top two tacklers were a pair of freshman safeties in Devin Cockrell (76 tackles) and Smith (69).

Franklin began his coaching career at Bishop O'Dowd High School, his prep alma mater, in Oakland, Calif., in 2007. The following season he joined the staff at California as an administrative assistant on the defensive side, a role in which he served two seasons. After a one-year stint as cornerbacks coach at San Diego (2010), Franklin joined the UTEP staff in the same role in 2011.

As a collegiate player, Franklin finished his four-year career in Boise as the NCAA's all-time leader in passes defended (72) and tied for fourth in Western Athletic Conference history with 18 interceptions, just two behind the all-time leaders. His 18 picks also rank tied for fourth in Boise State history with Donte Deayon.

He was a three-time All-WAC selection, being named to the conference's second team from 2002-03 before cracking the first team in 2004 after intercepting four passes, breaking up 17 and making 61 tackles. Over his career, Boise State went 44-7, won three conference titles and a pair of bowl games, defeating Iowa State in the 2002 Crucial.com Humanitarian Bowl and TCU in the 2003 PlainsCapital Fort Worth Bowl.

Following his collegiate career, Franklin signed as an undrafted free agent with the NFL's San Diego Chargers in 2005. He also had stints with the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers, and played for the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europe in 2007.

Franklin and his wife Kelly have three children, daughter Addison, and sons Aiden and Evan.


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