James Franklin Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week

ATLANTA (October 25, 2016) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl today announced that Penn State Head Football Coach James Franklin has been selected as The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week.

The Dodd Coach of the Week Award honors the football coach whose program embodies the award’s three pillars of scholarship, leadership and integrity, while also having success on the playing field during the previous week.

“What a milestone win for Coach Franklin and his team.  It’s the kind of win that Coach Dodd would have appreciated as the Penn State players never stopped playing hard, and special teams played a key role in determining the outcome of the game,” said Jim Terry, Chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “After a difficult personal week for Coach Franklin, Saturday night’s performance made him an easy choice for this week’s award.  We’re thrilled to honor him.”

Penn State hosted undefeated and No. 2 ranked Ohio State, a team the Nittany Lions had not defeated since 2011. Penn State held on for an improbable 24-21 win, having outscored Ohio State 17-0 in the fourth quarter, including a blocked field goal that was returned for the go-ahead touchdown with less than five minutes remaining. The win marked Coach Franklin’s first over a ranked opponent during his tenure at Penn State and was the first win against a top-two team in Beaver Stadium for Penn State since 1982.

Now in his third year with Penn State, Coach Franklin has the Nittany Lions off to the best start since taking over the program. They are 5-2 and broke into the AP Top 25 Poll for the first time this season at No. 24. His on-the-field success has been matched in the classroom as Penn State earned an impressive Academic Progress Rate score of 960 last year. Under Coach Franklin, the Nittany Lions set a program record with 56 student-athletes holding a 3.0 or higher GPA last season, as well as a new record for players on the Dean’s List (25) in the first year of his tenure.

“The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is proud to honor Coach Franklin after an exciting upset win for the Penn State program,” said Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Chairman Percy Vaughn. “After such a momentous victory, Coach Franklin is certainly a deserving recipient of this honor and we look forward to seeing the Nittany Lions continue to thrive under his leadership this season.”

The Dodd Trophy presented by the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – along with the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week Award – celebrates the head coach of a FBS team who enjoys success on the gridiron, while also stressing the importance of scholarship, leadership and integrity.

2016 Dodd Coach of the Week Winners
Week Coach School
1 Paul Chryst Wisconsin
2 Bret Bielema Arkansas
3 Urban Meyer Ohio State
4 Gus Malzahn Auburn
5 Larry Fedora North Carolina
6 Ken Niumatalolo Navy
7 Nick Saban Alabama

The winner of the 2016 Dodd Trophy will be announced in Atlanta during Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Week. A panel consisting of all previous winners, national media, a member of the Dodd family and a College Football Hall of Fame member will identify the final list of potential recipients at the conclusion of the 2016 season.

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About The Dodd Trophy
The Dodd Trophy was established in 1976 to honor the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division 1A) head football coach whose program represents the highest ideals on and off the field. The award honors the coach of a team which enjoys a successful football season, while also stressing the importance of academic excellence and character, as did Coach Dodd’s teams during his 22 years as head football coach of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Coach Dodd remains one of college football’s legendary figures, both as a coach and a player. Coach Dodd was a native of Galax, Virginia, and played his college ball at the University of Tennessee where his team had 27 wins, one loss and two ties during the three years he played. Coach Dodd was selected to the National College Football Hall of Fame both as a coach and as a player. Additional information about the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation can be found at www.TheDoddTrophy.com. For news, updates and insider information, follow us on Twitter at @DoddTrophy or find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/DoddTrophy.

 

About the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl the ninth-oldest bowl game in the country and one of New Year’s Six Bowls selected to host the College Football Playoff. In 2014 and 2015, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl hosted top nationally ranked teams as assigned by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. In 2016, the Bowl will host its first College Football Playoff Semifinal (#1 vs. #4 or #2 vs. #3). The Bowl has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the country, with 54 percent (26 of 48) of its games being decided by a touchdown or less. Peach Bowl, Inc. has disbursed $150 million in team payouts during its 48-year history and has increased team payout every year since 1996. The Bowl also leads all other bowl game organizations in charitable and scholarship contributions, giving more than $19.8 million to organizations in need since 2002. More information about the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and its events is available at www.Chick-fil-APeachBowl.com. For news, updates and insider information, follow us on Twitter at @CFAPeachBowl or find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ChickfilAPeachBowl.