The accolades keep rolling in for the Nittany Lions.
After being named the Football Writers Association of America’s Team of the Week, among other honors, Penn State’s head coach James Franklin was named Coach of the Week by The Dodd Trophy association.
— The Dodd Trophy (@DoddTrophy) October 25, 2016
Franklin is the third Big Ten coach to earn Coach of the Week honors from the Dodd Trophy, as Wisconsin’s Paul Chryst and Ohio State’s Urban Meyer both took home the honor in weeks one and three, respectively.
Penn State’s win over Ohio State was Franklin’s first win over a ranked team in his tenure in State College, Pa., and the Nittany Lions’ first win over Ohio State sine the 2011 season. It was also Penn State’s first win over a top-two team since the 1982 season.
The Dodd Trophy award celebrates academic achievement as well as victories on the field, as Franklin’s players have set a program record with 56 student-athletes with a 3.0 grade point average this season. Franklin’s program also recorded an academic progress rate of 960 out of 1000 last season, meaning well over 70 percent of his players graduated from Penn State.