2011: Assumed the starting kickoff return duties and finished the season as the sixth-best return man in the Southland Conference with an average of 23.2 yards per return ... Played in 10 games on the year ... His 534 kick return yards are the fourth most in a season in Lamar history ... Had five returns for 126 yards against Central Arkansas (10/22), including a season-long 63-yard return ... Added 125 return yards the following week at Sam Houston State (10/29) for his two best days of the season ... Had one catch on the year as a reserve wide receiver, a 21-yard grab in LU's 58-0 win over Texas College (9/3).
2010: Saw action against Oklahoma Panhandle State in the season finale ... Returned two kickoffs against the Aggies for a total of 43 yards ... Long return totalled 26 yards.
At Grambling: Played 2008 season as wide receiver at Grambling State University.
High School: Was three-year varsity letterman at wide receiver and kick returner for coach Pat Honeycutt at Austin McCallum HS ... Knights won district championship all three years, combining for a 26-9 record ... Made first team all-district, all-area and all-region as a senior and won the district's Outstanding Receiver Award ... Played in the annual Cen-Tex All-Star Game after his senior season ... Had 78 receptions for 1,074 yards as a senior and 68 catches for 961 yards as a junior ... Best game was seven catches for 170 yards and two touchdowns vs. Elgin as senior ... Set school record for most 100-yard receiving games with six and for longest kickoff return with a 98-yarder ... Also set one-season record for all-purpose yards with 2,117 ... Also was two-year letterman in basketball and four-year letterman in track and field ... Averaged 11.0 points and 6.0 assists per game as a senior ... Starred on McCallum's regional finalist 1,600-meter relay team for three-straight years.
Personal: Van Lawrance Franks was born on Jan. 23, 1990 ... Son of Van Franks and Lashelle Lyons ... Has two younger sisters, VanLexus and Tori ... Majoring in criminal justice.