Parents are James and Lisa Francisco ... one of four children (only son) ... older two sisters attend BYU ... recruited by Arizona, Utah, Hawaii, Texas Tech and Washington.
In 2001: Competed in all 14 games for the Cougars, including starts against Tulane and Air Force... recorded 27 tackles on the season, including 20 unassisted takedowns... registered a season-high six tackles in his career debut (vs. Tulane), including four solo tackles... posted two interceptions on the season, including one at New Mexico and one at Hawaii... credited with four pass deflections.
An all-state and all-league selection as a senior ... helped lead Kahuku HS to a state championship as a senior ... earned a trip to the Hawaii All-Star game.
FRANCISCO's Personal Best
UT: 8 (Syracuse, Aug. 29, 2002)
AT: 10 (at Notre Dame, Nov. 15, 2003)
FR: 2 (Georgia Tech, Aug. 28, 2003)
PD: 2 (Twice; Boise State, Oct. 30, 2003)
FRANCISCO's Career Stats
Year Gms UT AT TFL FR INT PD
2001 14 20 7 2 1 2 4
2002 12 51 48 3 0 1 5
2003 12 53 63 7 2 3 6
Total 38 124 118 12 3 6 15
2001 | Freshman Year
Competed in all 14 games for the Cougars, including starts against Tulane and Air Force ... recorded 27 tackles on the season, including 20 unassisted takedowns ... registered a season-high six tackles in his career debut (vs. Tulane), including four solo tackles ... posted two interceptions on the season, including one at New Mexico and one at Hawaii ... credited with four pass deflections.
2002 | Sophomore Year
Earned All-Mountain West honorable-mention honors ... earned team Defensive Most Valuable Player honors ... ranked second on the BYU roster with 99 tackles, including a team-high 51 solo takedowns ... had one interception and 5 pass deflections on the season ... credited with 3 tackles for a loss ... registered a team-leading 11 tackles in the Cougars' season-opening victory against Syracuse, including eight solo tackles and three unassisted takedowns against the Orangemen ... also credited with two pass deflections, including one that halted a crucial second-down attempt in the fourth quarter ... led the Cougars with 10 tackles against Hawaii, including five solo tackles ... posted a season-high 12 tackles at Colorado State, including 5 solos.
2003 | Junior Year
Named the Cougars' Defensive MVP ... a first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection ... earned his third varsity letter ... led the BYU roster and ranked third in the MWC with an average 9.7 tackles per game ... totaled a career-high 116 tackles on the season, including 53 solo takedowns ... led the Cougars (and ranked ninth in the MWC) with three interceptions on the season ... posted double-digit tackles in six different games, including a stretch of three straight games during the season ... tallied 32 tackles over those three games ... recorded a season-high 13 stops at Notre Dame ... finished the season with 11 tackles against Utah and had one interception to hold the Utes to just three points on the afternoon ... his interception was only the second pick thrown by Utah's Alex Smith all season ... part of a defensive unit that held Utah to just three points and 184 yards off their season total yardage average ... named Defensive Back of the game by the coaching staff for his performance in the UNM, CSU and UTAH games.
2004 | Senior Year
Participated in spring drills ... will enter fall camp as the starter at Cougarback ... listed as one of the "Top-100 Players to Watch" this season ... a Preseason All-MWC first-team selection ... a Jim Thorpe Award candidate, honoring the top defensive back in the country.