KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Western Michigan freshman running back Jarvion Franklin added another honor to the long list of accolades he has already accumulated this year when USA Today named him to their Freshman All-American Team. He is one of just 25 players nationally to earn the honor, the only player from a Mid-American Conference program, and one of just three players from outside a “Power 5” conference.
Franklin is the third straight Bronco to earn some form of Freshman All-America recognition, joining current teammate Corey Davis, who was honored as such by College Football News and the Football Writers Association of America last year.
Earlier this year the MAC named Franklin both its Freshman of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year, marking the first time in conference history a player won both awards in the same season. Franklin set the MAC single-season rushing record with 1,525 yards that also ranked ninth in the nation. He set the WMU single-season touchdown record with 25 and the single-season points record with 150 points.
The Tinley Park, Ill., native's 24 rushing touchdowns ranked second in the country and third in MAC history for a single-season. He earned four MAC West offensive Player of the Week awards on the season, the most of any player in the conference. Franklin was also named First Team All-MAC, the only freshman to earn such honors.
2014 USA Today Freshman All-America Team
QB – J.T. Barrett, Ohio State
RB – Jarvion Franklin, Western Michigan
RB – Samaje Perine, Oklahoma
WR – Artavis Scott, Clemson
WR – Mike Dudek, Illinois
TE – Bucky Hodges, Virginia Tech
OL – Cam Robinson, Alabama
OL – Toa Lobendahn, USC
OL – Jacob Alsadek, Arizona
OL – Reginald Bain, Florida Atlantic
OL – Roderick Johnson, Florida State
DL – Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
DL – Lowell Lotulelei, Utah
DL – Derek Barnett, Tennessee
DL – KeShun Freeman, Georgia Tech
LB – Ja'Whaun Bentley, Purdue
LB – Taylor Young, Baylor
LB – Darron Lee, Ohio State
CB – Adoree' Jackson, USC
CB – Parry Nickerson, Tulane
S – Quin Blanding, Virginia
S – Budda Baker, Washington
K – Matthew McCrane, Kansas State
P – JK Scott, Alabama
RET – De'Mornay Pierson-El, Nebraska