UW This Season: Trenton Franz received a very prestigious honor prior to the 2004 season as he was named to the Outland Trophy Preseason Watch List. The Outland Trophy is voted on by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), and honors the top interior lineman in the country at the conclusion of each season. Franz was one of only 57 players nationally named to the preseason list -- along with fellow Wyoming senior defensive tackle Zach Morris. Franz has been the stabilizing force for Wyoming's offense during his career. He started his first game in the fifth game of his redshirt freshman season of 2001, and has started every game since -- 31 consecutive. He is also an outstanding student, earning Academic All-District VII honors each of the past two seasons, and should be a leading Academic All-America candidate as a senior. He carries a 3.79 cumulative grade point average in civil engineering. His intelligence and consistency will anchor a relatively young Cowboy offensive line this season.
2003: Franz started all 12 games for UW at center, extending his career streak to 31 consecutive starts. He earned Honorable Mention All-Mountain West Conference honors for the second season in a row. He also achieved Academic All-District VII recognition for the second straight year. For the third time in his career, he was recognized as both an Academic All-Conference and Conference Scholar-Athlete honoree.
2002: Franz started all 12 games at center for UW. Despite his youth as a sophomore, he was one of the leaders on the offensive line for the Cowboys. Franz earned Honorable Mention All-Mountain West Conference honors as a sophomore in 2002. He also was one of five Cowboys to earn Verizon Academic All-District VII honors. Earned Academic All-Conference and Conference Scholar-Athlete honors for the second consecutive year.
2001: Started the final seven games of his redshirt freshman season for Wyoming. Played very well in a starting role. Earned Academic All-Conference and Conference Scholar-Athlete honors. Was awarded his first varsity letter.
2000: Redshirted for the Cowboys.
High School: Made a short trip to become a Wyoming Cowboy. Franz earned Second Team All-State honors his senior season at Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colo. A three-year starter on the offensive and defensive line, he started 31 consecutive games in high school. Franz also earned First Team All-Conference honors both his junior and senior seasons. An outstanding student, he earned First Team Academic All-State honors for three consecutive years. He posted a perfect 4.00 grade-point average, and ranked No. 1 in his senior class. He led Rocky Mountain to an 8-3 record in '99 and an appearance in the state playoffs. His junior season, Rocky posted a 7-3 record. Coached in high school by Tom Smailes. One of his assistant coaches was former Wyoming Cowboy linebacker Mark Brook. Also was recruited by Colorado State, Colgate, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke and Pennsylvania.
Personal: Born Jan. 8, 1982, in Ft. Collins. One of four sons of Glenna and John Franz. His oldest brother, Derek, was a four-year letterman at Colorado State as a place-kicker. Majoring in civil engineering.