Oregon junior Troy Franklin is in the midst of the greatest season by a receiver in school history. On Monday, he was tabbed as one of the top pass-catchers in the country, too.
Franklin was among the 10 players selected as a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club (TQC) Foundation Inc. The Biletnikoff Award is presented annually to the nation’s most outstanding receiver at any position.
Franklin joins Demetrius Williams (2005, 2006) as the only Oregon players ever to be named Biletnikoff Award semifinalists.
“He’s incredible,” Oregon quarterback Bo Nix said of Franklin on Saturday. “His approach to the game — he’s just so hard to guard and he moves around all game. He’s inside and outside. His routes are really good. He’s so smart and he just makes plays. He’s consistent. He’s just always there. He’s always there when you need him.”
Through 11 games, Franklin has 68 receptions for 1,221 yards and 13 touchdowns.
During the Ducks’ 49-13 win over Arizona State on Saturday, Franklin caught eight passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns. In the process, he broke two program records. Franklin’s second touchdown was his 13th of the season, surpassing Josh Huff and Jeff Maehl for the UO single-season record. Franklin also broke Dillon Mitchell’s (2018) record of 1,184 receiving yards.
He now sits in fourth place all-time for receptions by an Oregon receiver in a single season and needs just 10 more to surpass Maehl and Samie Parker, who are tied at 77.
“Best receiver in the nation too, right? This guy is the definition of consistency right now,” Oregon coach Dan Lanning said on Saturday regarding the historical context of Franklin’s season. “The quarterback knows exactly where he’s going to be and he’s always there when the ball is thrown his way. He catches it and then he can turn a normal comeback route into a big gain. He’s a special player who comes to work, who wants that ownership of what it means to be an elite receiver and is owning that every day.”
Franklin and the No. 6 Ducks will look to secure a spot in the Pac-12 title game this week when they host rival Oregon State at Autzen Stadium at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 24.
2023 Biletnikoff Award semifinalists
Brock Bowers, UGA
Luther Burden III Mizzou
Keon Coleman, FSU Troy Franklin, Oregon
Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio St
Xavier Legette, South Carolina
Malik Nabers, LSU
Rome Odunze, Washington
Brian Thomas Jr., LSU
Malik Washington, UVA