Missouri's Franklin named to Walter Camp watch list

Friday, July 20, 2012 | 10:39 a.m. CDT; updated 2:49 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 20, 2012

COLUMBIA — Missouri junior quarterback James Franklin has appeared on a third preseason award watch list, this time for the Walter Camp Award.

Franklin is one of 50 players named to the list, which honors the top player in college football. He is one of 12 Southeastern Conference players to make the early cut.

The watch list selection is Franklin's third of the summer. He was named to the watch lists for the Maxwell Award, honoring the top offensive player in the nation, and the Davey O'Brien Award, which recognizes the top quarterback in the nation.

Franklin is currently nursing his shoulder following March surgery but is expected to return in time for preseason camp in August, coach Gary Pinkel told reporters at the SEC media days in Hoover, Ala., earlier this week.

The Corinth, Texas, native took over the starting quarterback role last season and led the Tigers to an 8-5 record. He threw for 2,865 yards and ran for 981, which placed him 15th among all players in total offensive yards. He also threw for 21 touchdowns and ran for 15 scores.

Franklin is one of four Tigers to be named to preseason awards watch lists this summer. Senior T.J. Moe was named to the list for the Biletnikoff Award, honoring the country's top wide receiver; and senior Zaviar Gooden was listed by the Butkus Award, recognizing the country's top linebacker.

Supervising editor is Jake Kreinberg.

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