Franklin played in 33 games for the Aggies over the last three seasons. He caught 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.
Franklin caught 52 passes for 670 yards and seven touchdowns in just eight 2013 games.
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. In the first game of 2012 against Sacramento State (Aug. 30), Franklin caught eight passes for a career-high 236 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He also caught a career-long 84-yard pass against Sacramento State. Against UTEP (Sep. 15), Franklin caught seven passes for 107 yards and caught two touchdown passes for the second time that season. Franklin 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). Franklin was named a first team All-WAC selection and was also named an SI.com Honorable Mention All-American. He was also named a semifinalist for the 2012 Biletnikoff Award.
Saw action in all 13 games for NM State in 2011 at wide receiver and as a returner on kickoffs and punts. He grabbed 34 receptions for 524 yards and three touchdowns on the season, including 22 yards rushing on four carries. Franklin also returned three kicks for 103 yards with a long of 54. He registered a career-high eight receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown at BYU (Nov. 19). At Georgia (Nov. 5), Franklin caught four balls for 49 yards to rank second on team. He hauled in a reception over 40 yards for the fourth straight game against Nevada (Oct. 29) with a 44-yard grab. Franklin made most of his first career start at New Mexico (Oct. 1) with career-high five catches for 115 yards and a touchdown, while catching a career-long 50-yard touchdown pass from Matt Christian. Franklin posted his first career reception at Minnesota (Oct. 10), part of three receptions for 54 yards. He caught two passes for 60 yards versus Idaho (Oct. 15). At Hawai'i (Oct. 22) he caught a 47-yard touchdown from Todd Lee on a trick play.
Franklin was a wide receiver, defensive back and punt returner for Justin F. Kimball High School. As a senior, Franklin caught 36 passes for 803 yards and seven touchdowns. He also threw for 220 yards and two touchdowns at the quarterback position, while rushing for 278 yards and six touchdowns. On special teams, Franklin returned one punt for a touchdown on the year. Defensively, he had 48 tackles and four pass break-ups, along with two forced fumbles. Franklin helped the Knights to a 9-3 season in 2010. The Knights were the district champions, the bi-district champions, but lost in the second round of the state playoffs. Franklin made first team all-district at wide receiver. He was the only player on the team that played both offense and defense. Franklin was a starter for the Knights for three years.
Franklin is the son of Ken and Natile Franklin. He plans to major in individualized studies.
05/07/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft: 126 FBS programs, 126 possible UDFAs: NEW MEXICO STATE: WR Austin Franklin (5-11, 189, 4.56)...A surprise junior declaration, Franklin is a solid athlete, but his lack of strength and tendency to drop too many passes might force him to catch on as an undrafted free agent. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com