Played in 48 games, starting three times ... A special teams standout during his four years with the Tigers ... Finished career with 76 total tackles and 3.5 sacks, all coming during the 2006 season ... Selected to play in the 2007 East-West Shrine game in Houston.
SENIOR SEASON (2006)
LSU’s starter in nickel situations on defense ... Also a special teams standout on kickoff and punt coverage for the Tigers ... Played in 12 games, earning three starts ... Recorded 31 tackles (12 solo, 19 assisted), 3.5 TFL and 3.5 sacks, while also breaking up three passes and forcing two fumbles ... Capped career by tying a season-high with five tackles against Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl ... Also had five tackles against Auburn ... Recorded four tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in the Tigers’ win over Alabama ... Against Ole Miss, had three tackles, a career-high two sacks and forced a fumble.
JUNIOR SEASON (2005)
Played in 12 games with no starts ... Played in LSU’s nickel and dime packages on defense and was a key member of LSU’s coverage units on special teams ... Ranked second on team in special teams tackles with 12 ... Named LSU’s Special Teams Player of the Week against Arkansas ... Finished regular season with 21 tackles and 2 tackles totaling 3-yards in losses ... Had a season-high 4 tackles vs. North Texas ... Had a quarterback hurry vs. Appalachian State and broke up a pass against Tennessee ... Forced a fumble on kickoff coverage against Georgia.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2004)
Played in 10 games ... Sat out Arkansas game and the Capital One Bowl with a high ankle sprain ... Recorded 9 tackles for the Tigers ... Recovered a fumble on punt coverage in the fourth quarter against Auburn ... Had 3 special teams tackles vs. Mississippi State and 2 vs. Vanderbilt.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2003)
A true freshman who thrived as a member of LSU's special teams ... Played in all 14 games with no starts ... Ranked among LSU's leaders in special teams tackles with 15, including four against Louisiana Tech ... Had an outstanding game vs. Georgia in SEC title contest with 2 special teams tackles, including one on Georgia punter Gordon Ely-Kelso that resulted in a first quarter safety and an 8-0 LSU lead ... Had 3 special teams tackles vs. Ole Miss and two each against Alabama and Arkansas ... Saw action in 219 plays, 196 of which came on special teams ... Played on defense side of ball against UL-Monroe, Arizona and Louisiana Tech.
Gifted all-purpose back and receiver who led Port Barre to an undefeated state championship season with 1,387 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns ... Ranked the No. 30 cornerback in the nation by Rivals.com ... Member of the Baton Rouge Advocate Second Dozen, New Orleans Times-Picayune's Top 25 Blue-Chip list and The Shreveport Times' Top 20 ... Made 4 interceptions his senior season, while being named a first-team 2A all-state selection ... Showed great speed in the Superdome Classic scoring 4 touchdowns in a win over Iota, earning game MVP honors ... As a junior, the 2A offensive MVP rushed for 1,362 yards and 24 touchdowns ... Also had 60 tackles and 5 interceptions on the defensive side of the ball his junior season ... A three-sport letterman who was a four-year starter on the state runner-up basketball team ... Coached by Donnie Perron.
Full name is Daniel James Francis ... Born on Sept. 9, 1984, in Lafayette ... Parents are Neil and Connie Thierry ... Has three siblings, DeAngelo Francis and Damien and Devin Thierry ... Majoring in general studies ... Lists math as his favorite subject in school ... Hobbies include playing with his dogs.
Total tackles: 5 vs. Auburn
Tackles for loss: 1 vs. Alabama
Sacks: 2 vs. Ole Miss
Total tackles: 6 vs. North Texas, 2005
Tackles for loss: 1, three times
Sacks: 2 vs. Ole Miss, 2006
FRANCIS’ CAREER DEFENSIVE STATS
Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sacks INT
2003 14-0 9 6 15 0.5-7 0 0
2004 10-0 2 7 9 0-0 0 0
2005 12-0 16 5 21 2-3 0 0
2006 12-3 12 19 31 3.5-24 3.5-24 0
Totals 48-3 39 37 76 6-34 3.5-24 0