Jessie Franklin (2002)
As a Freshman (2002): Freshman used primarily as a pinch runner who has started 17 games in the outfield this season...has been limited this season due to a knee injury prior to arriving at UF ... only caught stealing once this season, going 4-for-5 on stolen base attempts...Scored a run in back-to-back games vs. No.9 Washington Feb. 16 and 17 and vs. No.23 Georgia April 13 and Florida State April 17 and has seven runs on the year... three hits this season have come on singles (Feb. 14 vs. No.9 Washington, Feb. 24 vs. Purdue and March 27 vs. Auburn)...Three RBI this season, including sacrifice fly vs. Mississippi April 6....Started all three games in series vs. South Carolina on April 20-21 ... had a big series vs. Tennessee was 3-for-4 with three runs, four RBI and her first home run ever.
High School: A graduate of Palmetto High School ... coached by Gator Rebhan ... State Champions at Gullirek in 1998 and Hall of Fame Champions with the Davie Power in 1998 ... first team all-county and third team all-state ... earned NFCA Acacdemic All-America honors ... also played in volleyball, basketball, and soccer... tore her ACL in the same week of March three years in a row, her right in 1999 and 2001 and her left in 2000 ...member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society ... earned the Carlos Williams Memorial Award for Perseverance and Dedication ...National Merit Commended Scholar.
Personal: Born January 23, 1983, in Miami, Fla. ... full name is Jessica Helen Franklin ... Daughter of Jay and Diane Franklin ... has one older brother, Josh ... enjoys doing various types of art in her spare time ...wants to pursue a career in education as a teacher ... also considered South Florida ... chose Florida for the great athletic and academic opportunities.