Franklin Up for National Awards
Nov. 21, 2012
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech offensive coordinator Tony Franklin has been nominated for two national awards as the master-mind behind the Bulldogs offense is up for the 2012 Broyles Award and is a finalist for the footballscoop.com Offensive Coordinator of the Year award.
Franklin is one of 29 nominees for the Broyles Awards as the five finalists will be announced on Nov. 26 with the winner being announced on Dec. 4. The Broyles Award honors the top assistant college football coach in America and was established in 1996 to honor legendary Arkansas Head Coach Frank Broyles.
He is a finalist for the footballscoop.com Offensive Coordinator of the Year along with Texas A&M's Kliff Kingsbury, UCLA's Noel Mazzone, and Oklahoma State's Todd Monken.
Franklin, who is in his third year on Sonny Dykes staff in Ruston, has helped the Bulldog offense rank No. 1 in the nation in total offense (581.3 ypg) and scoring offense (52.3 ppg). LA Tech boasts one of the most balanced offensive attacks in the country as the Bulldogs rank No. 12 in rushing offense (242.5 ypg) and No. 5 in passing offense (338.7 ypg).
Through the first 11 games of the season, Tech has scored 40 or more points 10 times and 50 or more points eight times with a season-high of 70 points in a win over Idaho. Tech scored 57 points in a loss to top 10 Texas A&M - just four fewer than the combined 61 points scored by No. 2 Alabama (24), No. 7 LSU (24) and No. 24 Mississippi State (13).
The Bulldog offense also ranks third nationally in explosive plays (20-plus yards) with 72 and has scored 19 touchdowns this year in drives that lasted a minute or less. Tech also leads the country, averaging 32 first downs per contest.
Tech has already shattered numerous program team records this year with two games still yet to be played. Individually, a number of Bulldog offensive players have broken national and school marks this year, including:
Freshman running back Kenneth Dixon has rushed for 26 touchdowns and scored a total of 27. The rushing TDs is a program and WAC single season record and a Division I freshman record. His total points scored (162) is also an NCAA Division I freshman record.
Quarterback Colby Cameron set the NCAA Division I record for most pass attempts without an interception with 444. He has thrown 28 TDs and only two interceptions this season.
Franklin has had success at every stop of his career and was named one of the top 10 recruiters in the South during his four years at Kentucky as he helped lead the Wildcats to their first back-to-back bowl appearances in 15 years and their first New Year's Bowl game appearance in 50 seasons.
In 2001, Franklin authored a nationally acclaimed book, Fourth Down and Life To Go, which chronicled the good, bad and ugly experiences of his college football journey.