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Franklin presented citizenship award

Bowl notebook also included

December 23, 2006 · MT Media Relations

Detroit, Mich. - Germayle Franklin, a Ware County High School graduate and senior offensive lineman for Middle Tennessee, was chosen today as a recipient for the "On the Move" Citizenship Award by Two Men and a Truck (r)/International, Inc.

CEO and Founder Mary Ellen Sheets presented the award to Franklin at a luncheon put on at the Atheneum Hotel earlier today. Middle Tennessee faces CMU in the 2006 Motor City Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich., on Tuesday night.

Each year, one player from each of the teams participating in the bowl game is recognized for his outstanding sportsmanship in daily athletic participation, good citizenship on and off the field including community activities and leadership skills that contribute to a positive team atmosphere.

The Middle Tennessee Athletic Scholarship Fund will receive $1,000 in Franklin's name from Two Men and a Truck (r)/International, Inc. The franchised moving company is the sponsor of this Motor City Bowl award. Two Men and a Truck(r) strives to be the "Mover Who Cares.' The company was built on a strong foundation of core values - including giving back to the community.

"We feel it is important to recognize tomorrow's leaders and those people who have a role in developing them," Sheets said. "I think this award is a great way to honor Germayle for caring about his future and his community."

Franklin was named Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference in 2006 and has started 44 games during his Blue Raider career. He volunteers for the Special Olympics, works in the Reading Raiders program for kids, has worked with the Boys and Girls Club and mentors local elementary-aged children. When tornados hit Gallatin, Tenn., earlier this year, Franklin helped the victims in a cleanup effort.

This is the sixth year Two Men and a Truck(r) has sponsored this award. Two Men and a Truck(r) began in Okemos, Mich., by a mother and her two sons.

NOTEBOOK: Middle Tennessee went through an 18-period practice at Ford Field this morning. The practice started at 8:00 AM and the team had to leave the hotel at 7:15 AM. "In my 13 bowl games as a coach, this is the earliest I have ever practiced," said Head Coach Rick Stockstill ... The entire Blue Raider team attended a luncheon today with the Central Michigan squad where both coaches spoke, a highlight film of each team was shown, and radio clips were played recapping the season for both bowl bound school's ... Defensive tackle Trevor Jenkins gave the Benediction ... The Blue Raiders had a team meeting at 3:15 PM before breaking for position meetings for about an hour. The team had the rest of the day off, while staff children went ice skating ... Head Coach Rick Stockstill and linebackers coach Art Kaufman both celebrated birthday's on Saturday. The two were presented a cake to begin the 3:15 team meeting.

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