LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State wide receiver Austin Franklin has been named an SI.com Honorable Mention All-American, Tuesday. Franklin, a sophomore from Dallas, Texas had one of the best seasons for a wide receiver in school history and is now the 13th football player in school history to earn All-America 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 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 this program.”
Franklin led the Aggies in receiving 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 league 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 recorded seven 100-yard receiving games and a 200-yard receiving game during the season, while catching a team-high nine touchdowns, helping him lead the team in scoring as well. He was also named a Biletnikoff semi finalist.