This week’s athlete of the week is RPI football’s senior All-American kicker, Andrew Franks. This past Saturday against Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Franks broke the record for longest field goal in RPI school history with a 51-yarder in the first quarter. The previous record was 50 yards, which he set in 2012 and tied in 2013. Franks also made a 24-yard field goal in the second quarter to give RPI a 6-0 lead.
In addition, Franks also kicked 5 punts for an average of 45 yards, two of which were downed inside WPI’s 20-yard line. Lastly, he kicked off six times, and forced WPI to take touchbacks on five of them, effectively neutralizing their kick return game. For his efforts, Franks was named Liberty League Special Teams Player of the Week for the second week in a row.