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Franklin Honored as Hayes Coach of the Year

Penn State head coach, James Franklin, has been honored as the 2016 Woody Hayes Coach of the Year.

Penn State head coach, James Franklin, has been honored with the 2016 Woody Hayes Award which goes to College Football's Coach of the Year. The award, selected by the Touchdown Club of Columbus, will be presented to Franklin at the 62nd awards banquet on Saturday, February 4 in downtown Columbus, Ohio.

Franklin is the second Nittany Lion coach honored with the award, with Joe Paterno receiving it four times in 1978, 1982, 1986 and 2005.

Penn State Coach James Franklin (Steve Manuel)

Franklin is also a finalist for the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award which will be selected on January 11. Bill O'Brien previously won the award in 2012.

PSU kicker Tyler Davis will also be honored at the Touchdown Club of Columbus banquet with the Vlade Award given to college football's most accurate kicker.

Franklin has already been named Sporting News National Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award and the Associated Press Coach of the Year honor.

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