Franklin Grizzlies

Overall record: 5-5 - Conference: 3-3
All times Eastern   (* Conference; • In-region)
9/3 at Ohio Wesleyan L, 30-14
9/10 at Olivet W, 41-23
9/17 vs. Millikin L, 31-24
9/24 vs. Tri-State W, 50-6
10/1 vs. Anderson * • L, 24-23
10/8 at Mount St. Joseph * • L, 41-20
10/22 vs. Manchester * • W, 41-24
10/29 at Defiance * • L, 38-23
11/5 vs. Bluffton * • W, 24-21
11/12 at Hanover * • W, 45-15
Overall record: 5-5 - Conference: 3-3
All times Eastern   (* Conference; • In-region)
10/1 vs. Anderson * • L, 24-23
10/8 at Mount St. Joseph * • L, 41-20
10/22 vs. Manchester * • W, 41-24
10/29 at Defiance * • L, 38-23
11/5 vs. Bluffton * • W, 24-21
11/12 at Hanover * • W, 45-15


Schools Conf All
Mount St. Joseph 5-1 9-2
Defiance 4-2 6-4
Anderson 3-3 5-5
Franklin 3-3 5-5
Hanover 3-3 4-6
Bluffton 2-4 3-7
Manchester 1-5 2-8

What We're Reading

  • »Innovative offense helps Franklin
  • "Coaches are such control freaks to begin with,? said Franklin coach Mike Leonard. "I try to be the exact opposite. I want the assistant coaches and the players to have as much control as possible."
  • »How D-III colleges profit from football
  • Deadspin's take on how Division III football drives enrollment leaned heavily on analysis from's Pat Coleman. Good take on D-III, actually.
  • »Grizzlies get respect without wins
  • Perhaps the most interesting number in the Top 25 isn't the Grizzlies' ranking. It's their record: 0-2.

Past Records

2014 (0-2, 0-0 HCAC)
2013 (8-4, 7-1 HCAC)
2012 (9-3, 8-0 HCAC)
2011 (10-2, 8-0 HCAC)
2010 (9-2, 8-0 HCAC)
2009 (7-3, 5-2 HCAC)
2008 (11-2, 7-0 HCAC)
2007 (9-2, 7-0 HCAC)
2006 (9-1, 6-1 HCAC)
2005 (5-5, 3-3 HCAC)
2004 (5-5, 3-3 HCAC)
2003 (2-8, 2-4 HCAC)
2002 (2-8, 2-4 HCAC)
2001 (3-7, 2-4 HCAC)
2000 (4-6, 3-3 HCAC)
1999 (4-6, 2-5 HCAC)

Team Quick Facts



Coach: Mike Leonard (Hanover '84)
Conference: HCAC
Enrollment: 996
Location: Franklin, IN
Colors: Navy Blue, Old Gold
Stadium: Faught Stadium (2500)
Surface: Turf

News Releases

September 13, 2014
Franklin Football Leads No. 1 Wisconsin-Whitewater Early Before Losing in 2013 Playoff Rematch
Franklin, Ind. - NCAA Division III No. 1-ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater scored 21...
September 10, 2014
Elation and deflation
Austin Swenson looked a lot more like an exclamation point than a question mark for Rose-Hulman,...
September 10, 2014
Franklin's Dylan Jenney Named to Team of the Week
Franklin, Ind. - Franklin College senior tight end Dylan Jenney (Floyds Knobs, Ind./Floyd Central)...
September 10, 2014
Franklin Football Faces Top-Ranked, Defending Champ Wisconsin-Whitewater in Home Opener
Franklin, Ind. - The Franklin College football team doesn't shy away from challenges. That's why the...
September 6, 2014
Franklin Football Loses Season-Opening Shootout at Illinois Wesleyan
Franklin, Ind. - The Franklin College football team recorded 438 offensive yards in a 42-35...
September 3, 2014
Franklin-Illinois Wesleyan Football Opener Features Match Up of 2013 Playoff Teams
Franklin, Ind. - The nationally ranked Franklin College football team begins its 2014 season with a...
August 6, 2014
Franklin Football Tapped Favorite in 2014 HCAC Coaches’ Preseason Poll
Franklin, Ind. - The nationally ranked Franklin College football team has been selected by coaches...
August 1, 2014
Franklin's Austin Carlton Named Preseason All-American
Franklin, Ind. - The preseason accolades continue to pile up for the Franklin College football team....
July 16, 2014
Franklin Football Ranked 25th in Preseason Poll
Franklin, Ind. - The Franklin College football team enters the 2014 season ranked No. 25 in the...
June 10, 2014
Franklin's Austin Carlton Earns Lindy's Sports Presason All-American Honor
Franklin, Ind. - Franklin College junior offensive lineman Austin Carlton (Evansville, Ind./F.J....
June 3, 2014
Franklin Football Ranked 12th Nationally by Preseason Publication
Franklin, Ind. - Franklin College’s 2014 football team has earned the nation’s No. 12...
June 2, 2014
Franklin's Kyle Linville Named 2013-14 HCAC Male Athlete of the Year
Franklin, Ind. - Franklin College senior football player Kyle Linville (Speedway, Ind./Speedway) has...
March 3, 2014
Franklin's Kyle Linville, Jonny West to Continue Gridiron Careers Overseas
Franklin, Ind. - After record-setting gridiron careers at Franklin College, senior wide receiver...
February 5, 2014
Franklin Football Coach Mike Leonard Coaching in 2014 World University Championship
Franklin, Ind. - Franklin College Head Football Coach Mike Leonard will be a member of the coaching...
January 21, 2014
Franklin Announces 2014 Football Schedule, Featuring Home Opener against NCAA DIII Champion
Franklin, Ind. - The Franklin College football team will once again play one of the nation’s...
January 2, 2014
Franklin's Kyle Linville Named All-American
Franklin, Ind. - The postseason honors continue to roll in for Franklin College senior split end...
December 16, 2013
Franklin College’s Kyle Linville Earns AFCA All-American Football Honor
Franklin, Ind. - Record-setting Franklin College senior split end Kyle Linville (Speedway, Ind./Spee...
December 3, 2013
Parks, Linville Become Franklin College’s First Capital One Academic All-American Football Players
Franklin, Ind. - Standouts on the football field and in the classroom, seniors Michael Parks...
November 23, 2013
Wesley wins in final minute, JCU out
The first round of playoffs had a couple of thrillers, with Ithaca, Franklin and Wesley rallying, as...
November 23, 2013
Late Touchdown Pass Gives Franklin Thrilling NCAA Playoff Game Victory over Washington University
Franklin, Ind. - A 35-yard touchdown pass with 18 seconds remaining gave the Franklin College...
November 19, 2013
Bid brings excitement to Wash U
While there weren't many surprises in what teams from the Midwest made the Division III playoffs...
September 11, 2013
Poll positions: Why teams shuffle
In Around the Nation, Keith McMillan discusses a nonstandard way of assembling the ballot after Week...
September 11, 2013
For Franklin, playing close isn't enough
When Franklin saw No. 1 Mount Union storm back for the game-winning touchdown Saturday, coach Mike...
November 20, 2012
Doing the little things right
Football is a game of inches, not yards. Franklin knows it can't make mistakes when playing Mary...
November 14, 2012
Heartland hung on Victory Bell
Another brick was laid in the battle for the Victory Bell. For the second time in three years, the...
September 25, 2012
Franklin showing a little bit of Mattitude
Football, like life, can take sudden turns that can take a team or person in directions never...
September 22, 2012
Grizzlies score school record 70 points in Homecoming win over Earlham
FRANKLIN, Ind. - Franklin College put 56 points up on the Faught Stadium scoreboard before halftime...
November 19, 2011
Franklin holds off second-half comeback by Thomas More to claim NCAA First Round victory
FRANKLIN, Ind. – Franklin College withstood a second-half comeback by visiting Thomas More and...
November 17, 2011
A look in the mirror
The similarities between Franklin and Thomas More run deep. There might not be a more evenly-matched...
November 12, 2011
Franklin tops Hanover 7th straight time in Victory Bell clash
HANOVER, Ind. – A pair of fourth-and-goal touchdowns and a stingy defense were major factors...
November 5, 2011
Franklin blanks Earlham, captures fourth HCAC championship in five years
RICHMOND, Ind. – Franklin College today shut out football host Earlham 55-0 and clinched its...
October 15, 2011
Franklin outlasts stubborn Manchester to win homecoming game
FRANKLIN, Ind. – Franklin gained most of the yardage. Manchester had the football longer. But...
October 1, 2011
Franklin claims victory in early HCAC showdown with Mount St. Joseph
FRANKLIN, Ind. (Oct. 1) – The Grizzlies jumped out to a 21-0 lead, but had hold off a rally by...
September 24, 2011
Big plays help Franklin pull away in third quarter against Defiance
FRANKLIN, Ind. (Sept. 24) – Franklin College put three touchdowns up on the scoreboard in the...
September 13, 2011
Losing the game, but still winning praise
Franklin got blown out when the two-time defending champions came to town, but kept playing hard....
September 11, 2011
Tailgating like a champion
Franklin might well have the best tailgating scene in Division III, so with the two-time defending...
September 10, 2011
Top-ranked Whitewater breaks it open in 2nd quarter in shutout of Grizzlies
FRANKLIN, Ind. – Top-ranked and two-time defending NCAA Division III football champion...
September 4, 2011
Grizzlies take over in 2nd half in season-opening victory at Valparaiso
VALPARAISO, Ind. (Sept. 3) – Franklin College rallied from a two-touchdown deficit and then...
August 29, 2011
Ten games to watch
After a summer of debt ceiling debates, earthquakes and hurricanes, thank goodness that football is...
February 7, 2011
Franklin to take on Warhawks
Franklin ended its season at the hands of the eventual national champs last November. They'll get...
December 1, 2010
Gagliardi Trophy has its final four
Four Division III football players will head to Salem, Va., where we will all find out which of them...
November 23, 2010
Gagliardi Trophy ballot down to 10
Twenty-six players were nominated and 10 were chosen for the final ballot. Once again, fans will...
November 2, 2010
Right on the numbers
Kyle Ray was already honoring his father by playing football at Franklin, his alma mater. But he...
October 7, 2010
Wish you were here
Odds are you weren't at some of the big games last week, and certainly you weren't at three of them....
October 5, 2010
Midwest at the midway point
After five weeks of the season, Clyde Hughes takes a look at the surprise teams, players and top...
September 18, 2010
Franklin pulls away in 2nd half to trounce Bluffton
The Griz exploded for four touchdowns in the third quarter and routed visiting football foe Bluffton...
July 3, 2010
New digs for 2010
The summer is prime time for building projects and renovations, new turf and lights, and Division...
July 3, 2010
New digs for 2010
The summer is prime time for building projects and renovations, new turf and lights, and Division...