HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Jones County Junior College won the Division two junior college national title in 2016. It's a year later and the Bobcats haven't shown any signs of slowing down.
For Fred Franklin this year offers an opportunity to win not one but two titles two years in his college career.
Franklin is doing his part to ensure this happens. The sophomore outfielder was recently named the national player of the week for Division II.
"Everyone on the team has a great mentality," Franklin said. "We all bring something different to the table. We all have a goal that we're trying to reach as an individual and this team is most like a family and we get a long well to do what we gotta do."
Bobcats coach Chris Kirtland describes Franklin as a player who brings many skills to the diamond.
"Fred's one of those electric players, Kirtland said. "I think USM's getting a really good one. Not only can he beat you with his speed and athleticism he can beat you with some power too so he's one of those guys that has a rare combination of all the tools and that's what made him so successful and he's been a great spark plug for this team this year."
Franklin boasts a .400 batting average and leads the Bobcats with 38 hits in addition to three home runs.
"Fred was exciting to recruit because we felt like there was a whole bunch of untapped potential there even though he had had a very successful career at the varsity level at West Lauderdale High School," Kirtland said. "We felt like he had so much athleticism that once he really kind of matured into himself he could become one of the best players around."
Franklin will carry on the tradition of JCJC to USM pipeline next year. What can fans expect?
"A great base runner," Franklin said. "(With) speed, great in the outfield obviously and excitement I guess."