Franke went down with the injury early in the Buffs’ game against USC. He had to be helped off the field and looked to be in considerable. Per Brian Howell, the medical staff had feared he suffered a torn ACL and that has confirmed with recent medical tests.
Franke had come into his own as a reserve lineman on the Buffs’ front three. He was credited with 10 tackles (3 for loss) and 2 sacks. He was superb in CU’s victory over Arizona State and he was a major reason why they held star running back Eno Benjamin to just 23 yards in the second half.
The native of Camarillo, Calif. is a fifth-year senior and has appeared in each of Colorado’s six games, so this will be the end of his football career, sadly.
Franke did win the Buffs’ Jim Hansen Award for academic excellence, so the future is still very bright for this man.