New Mexico State wide receiver Austin Franklin was one of ten wide receivers named to the 2012 Biletnikoff Award semifinalist list, Monday afternoon.
The award is named for Fred Biletnikoff, the Florida State University All-America receiver and a Pro-Football Hall of Famer. The award has been given out for the past 17 years. This is the second straight season an Aggie wide receiver has been named to the watch list. (Taveon Rogers – 2011)
Franklin has caught 66 passes for 1,135 yards and nine touchdowns, leading the Aggies. He has also tallied 1,293 all-purpose yards.
Other semifinals include Tavon Austin, West Virginia; Stedman Bailey, West Virginia; Brandin Cooks, Oregon State; Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas; Austin Hill, Arizona; Deandre Hopkins, Clemson; Marqise Lee, Southern California; Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech and Terrance Williams, Baylor.
The recipient of the 2012 Biletnikoff Award will be announced live on ESPN on The Home Depot College Football Awards in early December. The Biletnikoff Award Presentation Banquet will be held at the University Center Club at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.