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Penn State Football: Franklin Named Woody Hayes Award Winner

by on January 10, 2017 12:00 PM

Penn State head coach James Franklin picked up one final honor as the 2016 season comes to a close, being named the 2016 Woody Hayes Award winner for College Football Coach of the Year.

Franklin is the second Nittany Lion head coach to win the honor, joining Joe Paterno, who was a four-time winner of the award (1978, 1982, 1986, 2005).

The 2016 Woody Hayes Award will be presented during the 62nd Touchdown Club of Columbus Awards on Feb. 4 at Express Live! in Columbus, Ohio.

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In a world with no shortage of season ending awards, Franklin is also a finalist for the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award for the second time in his career. The winner of the award will be announced Jan. 11. Franklin was a finalist for the honor in 2012 while coaching at Vanderbilt, when, in an odd twist, then Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien won the award.

Already this offseason Franklin has been named the Sporting News National Coach of the Year, the second Penn State head coach to win the honor, joining Joe Paterno, who claimed the award in 2005.

Franklin also was selected as the College Sports Madness National Coach of the Year. He was a finalist for the 2016 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award presented by the Football Writers Association of America and the AP National Coach of the Year.

Penn State finished the season at 11-3 following a last second loss to USC in Rose Bowl.



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