Coye Francies is a cornerback for the Cleveland Browns, who selected him with the 191st overall pick in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. After playing four seasons of college football at three schools, Francies entered in the 2009 NFL Draft. Francies is 6-feet, 1-inch tall and weighs 185 pounds. His last name is pronounced FRAN-cease.
Prep & Community College
Francies lettered in football and track at Cordova High School in Rancho Cordova, CA, before attending American River College, a community college in Sacramento. In his two seasons at American River, Francies was the team's top kick and punt returner, while also shining in the defensive backfield. He intercepted 11 passes as a sophomore, earning Calfornia Community College All-America honors.
Oregon State Career
After finishing his two-year program at community college, Francies transferred to Oregon State, choosing the Beavers over Washington. He played all 14 games in 2006, serving as the team's primary kickoff returner. He also had 39 total tackles and 2.0 sacks on defense.
However, before the 2007 season, Francies was pulled over for a routine traffic stop, during which police found a gun in his car. Though the charges against Francies were eventually dropped, Oregon State coach Mike Riley dismissed Francies from the team due to a no-gun policy. Francies had offers from a number of schools, and Riley helped him transfer to San Jose State.
San Jose State Career
After sitting out the 2007 season due to NCAA transfer regulations, Francies became the Spartans top defensive back in 2008. He started all 12 games, finishing second on the team with 69 total tackles and three interceptions. He earned second team All-WAC honors. After the season, Francies was invited to participate in the 2009 Senior Bowl. He finished the game with five total tackles and one pass breakup for the winning South team.
Francies was selected in the sixth round (191st overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. Before the 2009 season, Francies signed a four-year contract with Cleveland.
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