Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Austin Franklin named All American honorable mention by SI.com
New Mexico State wide receiver Austin Franklin was named an SI.com Honorable Mention All-American.
Franklin, a sophomore from Dallas, Texas, had one of the best seasons for a wide receiver in school history and is now the 13th Aggie to earn All-American honors.
“It feels good to be honored as an All-American,” Franklin said. “I just want to take God, my friends, my family, my teammates and coaches for all the support.”
“I think this is great for Austin,” head coach DeWayne Walker said. “You could see him mature not only as a football player but as a person this season. These types of accolades are not only good for Austin but good for our program, showing that we are recruiting the right players and are continuing to grow.”
Franklin led the Aggie receiving corps in 2012 with 74 catches for 1,245 yards, averaging 103.8 yards receiving a game and 6.17 catches a contest. He also ranked eighth in the nation in receiving yards per game and 33rd in catches per game.
Franklin was second in the Western Athletic Conference in receiving yards per game, catches per game and all-purpose yards per game. His season numbers rank as the third-most receiving yards in a single season in school history.
Franklin eclipsed 100-yards receiving seven times this year and 200 yards once. He had a team-high nine touchdowns and was named a Biletnikoff semifinalist.