May 24, 2006

Orlando Franklin: Watching and learning

Offensive lineman signee Orlando Franklin was a fixture watching on at UM's opening spring practices.

"I was just watching, trying to get a head's up, learn what I can," he said. "I was hanging around with all the linemen, we did a lot altogether. Andrew Bain, Tyrone Byrd, Reggie Youngblood, Cyrim Wimbs, (Chris) Rutledge - people that play my position, people that can answer my questions were helping me out."

What kind of questions did he have for his future teammates?

"I know the system was harder last year - it's a different system, so I was asking what they find easier and asking about the quick audible calls, things like that - just general offensive line questions. I was asking about what they have to learn, the different pass protections, different formations."

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