James Franklin Named 2016 Woody Hayes College Football Coach of the Year

By Nick Polak on January 10, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Nov 5, 2016; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin walks around Beaver Stadium prior to the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

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James Franklin has already had a busy awards season thus far, which is to be expected after the massive turnaround that took place in Happy Valley this season. After leading his team to a Big Ten Championship and a final record of 11-3, James Franklin has already been named the Co-Big Ten Coach of the Year (along with Wisconsin's Paul Chryst), the Sporting News Coach of the Year, and is a finalist for Bear Bryant Coach of the Year (the winner will be named on Jan. 11).

Now, he can add another honor to his resume, as Franklin has officially been named the Woody Hayes Coach of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Columbus. Franklin becomes the second Penn State head coach to win the award (Joe Paterno won it in 1978, 1982, 1986 and 2005).

Also receiving awards from the Touchdown Club of Columbus will be Tyler Davis (most accurate kicker) and 2017 early enrollee Michael Miranda (one of the top high school players in Ohio).

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