Any high school football coaching staff would love to have a player like Middle Tennessee Christian School’s two-way lineman Franklin Roberts.
His 6-foot-2, 255-pound frame jumps off the page. He starts on both the offensive and defensive line.
Instantly, his size jumps off the page. But it’s his leadership and enthusiasm that adds to Roberts role as a leader.
“Franklin is one of the hardest workers,” MTCS third-year coach Brian Stewart said. “He’s a relentless worker. He wants to be better, he wants to be able to please you and do everything he can to make himself better.”
Even off the field and between practices, the three-year starter keeps the same initiative.
“My coach has definitely recognized me as one,” said Roberts on being a leader. “I try to reach out to other guys and be a leader on and off the field. I make sure freshman and stuff feel included in activities outside of practice.”
For Roberts, his influence has no boundaries. And according to Stewart, neither does his potential between the hashes.
“He has a desire to play at the next level, and we want to give him every opportunity to do so,” Stewart said of Roberts. “He has that ability because of his physical size and his presence. And if he can just put everything together, he’ll have a great senior year and help lead this offense line, help lead this defensive line because he never comes off the field.”
Personally for Roberts, he has been through two tough seasons. The Cougars are 1-19 over the past two years.
However, Roberts carries high expectations for this year. He also has a mindset different than in past seasons.
“I just want to see us winning games,” he said. “I pretty much just want to break at least .500 and have a winning team and have a trip to the playoffs. I play offensive and defensive line. You’re taught to be unselfish player at those positions.
“If I can get another all-district plaque or something in my bedroom, that’s great. But playing for wins, is a lot better than playing for yourself.”