12/26/2013 - 2013 FBS ALL-INDEPENDENT TEAM HONORABLE MENTION (MEDIA): New Mexico State WR Austin Franklin (Jr.),...Franklin (Dallas, Texas) caught 52 passes for 670 yards and seven touchdowns in just eight games this season. He played in 33 games for the Aggies over the last three seasons, catching 160 passes for 2,439 yards and 19 touchdowns, all of which rank him in the top-10 in school history. Franklin recorded 10 games during his Aggie career with over 100 yards receiving, while leading the team in receiving in 2012 and 2013. - New Mexico State football
12/17/2013 - New Mexico State junior wide receiver Austin Franklin declares for NFL Draft...New Mexico State wide receiver Austin Franklin has declared for the 2014 NFL Draft, a move that will lead him to forgo his senior season of college football. Franklin has led NMSU in receiving the past two years. Last year, despite missing the first four games due to academic ineligibility, the 6-foot-1, 184-pound junior led the way with 52 catches for 670 yards and seven touchdowns. He added 14 rushes for 76 yards and even completed three passes on the year.
The 2011 season saw Franklin catch 74 passes for 1,245 yards and nine touchdowns. "It's something he had talked about all year," said Franklin's father, Ken. "He told me, 'dad, I think I'm ready.' I told him that it's his decision. I told him 'I'll support you on it. I'll back you up 100 percent.'"
Said NMSU head coach Doug Martin, "That's a decision that Austin's made. I just wish him the best and hope he does well." Martin said Franklin didn't consult him on the decision. When asked if Franklin's academic struggles this past year played a factor in the move, Martin said, "I don't know. You'd have to ask him that....I just support him and hope he does well." A phone message left for Franklin on Tuesday wasn't immediately returned. - Teddy Feinberg, Las Cruces Sun-News
08/10/2013 - New Mexico State wide receiver Austin Franklin, who was a first-team all-Western Athletic Conference selection last year, has been declared academically ineligible for the upcoming season. He plans to redshirt this season and still has a year of athletic eligibility remaining. However, he could also enter the NFL draft next year. Franklin did not participate in spring practice so he could concentrate on the classroom. However, it did not enable him to become academically eligible.
"After taking over the football program in January I was made aware of Austin's academic status, which stemmed from the 2012 fall semester," first-year head coach Doug Martin said in a statement. "This is why I held him out of spring practice, to allow him a chance to possibly recover academically. In the end, Austin did not live up to the Aggie Football standards and his academic responsibilities. Austin will remain with the team during season and is expected to participate in all team activities including practice." The Aggies won only one game last season, and Franklin led the team with 78 receptions, 1,245 receiving yards and nine touchdown catches. He was a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award. - The Sports Xchange
07/19/2013 - 2013 BILETNIKOFF AWARD WATCH LIST: Austin Franklin, New Mexico State, JR...Franklin started all 12 games for the Aggies at wide receiver and as a returner on kickoffs and punts in the 2012 season. Franklin led the team with 74 receptions, 1,245 yards receiving, 16.8 yards per reception, nine touchdowns and 103.8 receiving yards per game. Franklin also led the team in all-purpose yards with 1,627 yards total and averaged 135.6 total yards per game. He set a career-high in receptions in a game with nine catches for 115 yards against Idaho (Oct. 6).
Franklin would go over 100 yards receiving in four other games. He went for 107 yards against New Mexico (Sep. 22), 105 yards against UTSA (Sep. 29), 139 yards against Louisiana Tech (Oct. 27) and 154 yards against Auburn (Nov. 3). He was a semifinalist for the 2012 Biletnikoff Award and received first team All-WAC accolades and was named an SI.com Honorable Mention All-American. - New Mexico State football
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