Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/12/13
As the head coach at Vanderbilt University James Franklin admittedly struggles to stay abreast of news beyond college football and specifically the Southeastern Conference. "Like most coaches I'm in a submarine" Franklin told the Pioneer Press. "I come in early and leave late at night and I don't really know a whole out outside of what relates to Vanderbilt." So Franklin hasn't been tracking the blow-by-blow accounts related to new Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman whom he coached at Kansas State and the 25-year-old's ugly divorce from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "I'm a little surprised" Franklin said "because early on everybody was excited about his future (in Tampa) and what he could do." Franklin 41 has coached more than 15 years and he noted that he's worked with a bevy of talented quarterbacks both at the pro and college level including the likes of Dan Marino Donovan McNabb and Brett Favre. "I know what type of person he is and the type of player he is" Franklin said "and I feel strongly about that. "I think he's got a lot of the traits people are looking for mentally and physically and with the right fit he can have a really really good NFL career. I'm just glad he's got another opportunity and a chance to prove to the people (in Minnesota) the type of person and player he is." Amid reports that he missed team photos and meetings in Tampa Freeman was released by the Buccaneers on Oct. 3 a precipitous fall for the No. 17 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft who posted a 95.9 passer rating in 2010. After he signed with the Vikings Freeman made clear he wants to look forward. "I'm not really looking back to the things that went into Tampa" Freeman said earlier this week. But Franklin didn't have any such problems with him. "Josh has been a hard-working positive kid" Franklin said. "He's worked extremely hard on the mental part of it. Obviously he's got a lot of physical tools; he's got significant arm talent. But he's just a great guy." Grandview High School coach Andy Leech and former Bucs quarterbacks coach Greg Olson also highlighted Freeman's character. "I've always been a fan of Josh as a person and a player" Olson told reporters last week. "It was unfortunate for me to watch what happened in Tampa really over the last couple of years. I've always had the utmost respect for him. I think he's a great player. I feel bad for him and the entire situation and how it's played out." Olson should know. Not only was he Freeman's quarterbacks coach from 2009 to 2011 he also was the Bucs' offensive coordinator.
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