Missouri's Franklin named to Davey O'Brien Award watch list

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 | 10:28 a.m. CDT; updated 3:58 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 18, 2012

COLUMBIA — Missouri quarterback James Franklin has been added to a second preseason award watch list this month.

The junior quarterback was named to the watch list for the Davey O'Brien Award, an honor that recognizes the best quarterback in college football each season. Thirty-eight quarterbacks across the country made the early cut, including six from the Southeastern Conference.

No Missouri quarterback has ever won the Davey O'Brien Award since its inception in 1981.

Earlier this month, Franklin was named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, which honors the top offensive player in college football.

The honors recognize the steps he's taken as a quarterback since assuming the starting job last season. The Corinth, Texas, native notched the 15th best total yardage in the nation with 2,865 passing yards and 981 rushing yards. He also threw for 21 touchdowns in leading the Tigers to an 8-5 record.

Franklin is currently resting his shoulder following a March surgery but expects to return for the start of preseason camp, coach Gary Pinkel told reporters at the SEC media day Tuesday.

Franklin is one of three Missouri players to earn spots on award watch lists thus far. Senior wide receiver T.J. Moe landed on the Biletnikoff Award watch list for the nation's top receiver Tuesday. On Monday, senior linebacker Zaviar Gooden was named to the watch list for the Butkus Award, which honors the top linebacker.

Supervising editor is Greg Bowers.

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