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Quick Slant: TE TJ Franklin
TJ: Well to tell you the truth Smith Co. is much better than last year. And most forget they were up 10 to 0 on us last year. WEBB. Why you ask? Well, why do Maryville kids like playing Alcoa?
TPS: What has the team worked on the most this off season to get better at from last season?
TJ: This team is, I believe, the best team to ever go through Catholic. We have more depth than ever before. And the team chemistry has improved greatly.
TPS: How have pre-season work-outs, spring drills and summer 2 a days gone so far?
TJ: Great. My personal thought process is "Our success is in Smith Co. right now, so work hard because I know they are." That saying I picked up from my middle school coach Jay Malone.
TPS: Was there any unfinished business that your team left on the field last season that you'd like to correct this year?
TJ: It's the team that has unfinished business. I believe last year is done. You can watch tape and learn. Now it is time to take what you have learned and move on. I don't think about last year's business. I am thinking about this year's business.
TPS: Have you set any personal statistical goals for 2006 for yourself? Does the team have one common goal for 2006?
TJ: My only goal is to better help my team. The team goal is a GOLD ball at the end of the year.
TPS: What have you worked on the most in the post/preseason this spring and summer to get better at? Are you where you want to be now?
TJ: Where I am at now is nowhere near where I would like to be, but I did progress much further than I thought I would this past summer.
TPS: Did you attend any camps over the summer? Tell us a little bit about each…
TJ: I attended many camps: Old Miss, Marshall, Auburn, The Citadel, Vandy. To tell you the truth Old Miss was by far the best camp. I learned so much about the position I did not know before. I would recommend their camp to anyone who wants the most bang for their buck.
TPS: Have you received any offers from any colleges or universities yet? Who are your favorites and if you could choose one school to attend, which would it be?
TJ: I really have no favorites only the ones who have continued to talk to me. Who it will be in the end, I have no idea.
TPS: Is there anyone in college or the pros you try to pattern your own game and style after?
TJ: Jason Witten. Great blocker, but still is a threat down field.
TPS: If you could be any one person in Hollywood or in pro sports, who would it be and why?
TJ: Tom Cruise. TOP GUN. Fast planes and you get all the girls.
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