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Penn State Football: Franklin Named To Dodd Trophy Watch List

by on July 19, 2017 2:00 PM

Penn State head coach James Franklin has been named one of the 19 candidates on the Dodd Trophy watch list for the nation’s top coach.

The Dodd Trophy, according to its own literature: celebrates the head coach of a team who enjoys success on the gridiron, while also stressing the importance of scholarship, leadership and integrity – the three pillars of legendary coach Bobby Dodd’s philosophy.

The award, which was established in 1976, honors the coach of a team which enjoys a successful football season, while also stressing the importance of academic excellence and character, as did coach Bobby Dodd’s teams during his 22 years as head football coach of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

Franklin was named the 2016 Sporting News National Coach of the Year. He is the second Penn State head coach to win the honor, joining Joe Paterno, who claimed the award in 2005. Franklin guided the Nittany Lions to their first Big Ten Championship since 2008 and fourth overall (1994, 2005, 2008).

He led the Nittany Lions to the Big Ten East title, its second divisional title (2011). Franklin led the Lions to a No. 5 ranking in the CFP and a No. 7 rank in the Associated Press and Amway Coaches polls, the highest ranking for the Nittany Lions since 2009. With an 11-3 record, Franklin guided the Nittany Lions to their sixth 11-win season since Penn State joined the Big Ten. Penn State finished 8-1 in Big Ten play, marking the second eight-win conference season in program history to join the 1994 team that went 8-0.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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