Per the Boise State press release:
Boise State football head coach Bryan Harsin announced Friday the addition of four-year letterwinner and three-time all-league cornerback Gabe Franklin to the Bronco staff as safeties coach.
Which is not a surprise as Wednesday it was reported by the various outlets (including Boise media) that Franklin was on his way.
You may remember Coach Franklin as one of OBNUGS Top 10 Greatest Cornerbacks. Franklin had 18 career interceptions for Boise State which included eight in 2002 (his sophomore year). It only took until some dude named Darian Thompson (19) to come through and get more career picks than Franklin.
After his playing days at Boise State, Franklin spent some time in the NFL as a player, where he was a free agent with the San Diego Chargers. He had also spent some time with the Giants and the 49ers as well.
Franklin had been on the UTEP staff since 2011. First brought on as the cornerbacks coach for the Miners. He then moved to defensive backs and added recruiting coordinator for the Miners in 2014. This year, the Miners struggled in Conference USA in the secondary ranking 11 in Pass Defense Efficiency, 12 in Pass Defense, and 11 in total interceptions (only had five all year).
This rounds out the coaching staff for the Broncos headed into the 2016 year. Hopefully Franklin will be able to guide a strong safety corp going into next year and fill a major gap left by Darian Thompson. With a talent upgrade in hand, Franklin should be able to get the safeties producing at a high level.
Welcome (back) Coach Franklin. We look forward to interceptions galore!