DENVER, Colo. - The Western Athletic Conference announced Monday morning it's 2012 All-WAC selections, as six NM State football players earned all-conference honors, the most since 2004. Wide receiver Austin Franklin and defensive back Jeremy Harris were named first team honorees, while offensive tackle Davonte Wallace, linebacker Trashaun Nixon, safety Davis Cazares and punter Cayle Chapman-Brown all received second team honors.
"It's exciting to have six players make All-WAC after such a down year," head coach DeWayne Walker said. "Collectively it was a disappointing year but you don't want to take away some of the individual accomplishments these guys earned. It's great to see we had two players on first team and four on second team. Really if you look at it we have five out of the six coming back next year, while knowing we have some transfers that sat out this season and most of our team coming back along with these all-conference guys it's something to build off of for the future."
Franklin, a native Dallas, Texas, 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.
Harris, a native of Los Angeles, Calif., tallied 56 tackles on the season, while leading the team with 10 pass break-ups, ranking him tied for sixth in the WAC and 68th in the nation. He recorded five games with at least six tackles, ranking him sixth on the team in total tackles.
Wallace earns his second All-WAC selection of his career, after being selected to the second team in 2011. Wallace anchored the Aggies' offensive line in 2012, allowing just three sacks all season and recording over 50 knockdowns. Wallace helped the Aggies rush for 1,171 yards and pass for 2,853 yards in 2012.
Nixon, a native of Oxnard, Calif., was second on the team in tackles in 2012 with 96, while leading the Aggies in tackles for a loss with 9.5 on the season. He also recorded three sacks and an interception. Nixon had eight games with at least eight tackles and two games with 10 or more.
Cazares led the Aggies in tackles with 116, ranking first in the conference and 25th in the nation. He also tallied three tackles for a loss, a forced fumble, a pass break-up and a blocked kick. His six double digit tackle games led the team. Cazares became just the 23rd player in school history to record over 100 tackles in a season.Chapman-Brown, a native of Sydney, Australia was second in the WAC in punt average and 14th in the nation with 44.3 yards per punt in 2012. That also ranks as the highest single season punt average in school history. Chapman-Brown recorded 70 punts for 3,099 yards in 2012 and becomes the first punter to earn all-conference status since 2005.