Over the weekend we posted a clip of Khalid Kareem putting in some strong work this off-season on his first step and hand work. Today we have another Twitter clip from a Notre Dame defensive lineman, but this time it’s sophomore Jamion Franklin who is rehabbing a serious quad injury that cost him almost his entire freshman campaign.
Here’s the first clip that Franklin posted of him looking strong training on the beach this past weekend.
— 💸JShmoney💸 (@Jamion_Franklin) May 28, 2019
For Franklin, this could be pretty significant. Rumor had it over the spring that the quad injury that sidelined him almost all of last year was more severe than originally thought and that his rehab could linger into training camp. That, of course, would severely impact how much he could contribute this fall.
If Franklin is training on the beach and running in sand like this though, it is a really positive development – assuming the Notre Dame coaching staff knew about it and signed off on it. Odds are Franklin wouldn’t have posted it to Twitter if they hadn’t. So let’s just assume this is very positive.
Most felt that Franklin would not be back to full strength by fall camp and would be too far behind in weight training to be able to provide much on the field this year. If he’s ahead of schedule though – and running on sand after a severe injury suggests he may just be – Franklin could provide part of the answer to the interior depth concerns along the defensive line this fall.
Kurt Hinish and Myron Tagovailoa are expected to start on the inside with sophomore Jayson Ademilola and early enrollee Jacob Lacey backing them up. Incoming freshman Howard Cross is expected to move inside upon arriving on campus for additional depth. It’s never great to rely on true freshman on the interior of the line though.
It’s not ideal to rely on players from recovering from serious injuries for depth either, but that’s the boat Notre Dame is in with Franklin and early enrollee Hunter Spears who is recovering from an ACL injury. If one of the two of them is able to provide meaningful and impactful snaps each week though, the Irish could be in okay shape.
Before the injury, Franklin had a good training camp and was poised to receive playing time in at least four games last fall. It was to be determined if he would go beyond that and burn a redshirt, but he would have easily played in the new limit of four. That wasn’t in the cards when he was lost for the year in the 4th game of the season against Wake Forest.
It still remains to be seen just how much Notre Dame will be able to get out of Franklin this fall, but the clips he posted over the holiday weekend at least give some hope that perhaps he is much closer to 100% than most felt he was over the spring. If he is, it’s a great development for Notre Dame’s defensive line depth this fall.