Posted at: 08/09/2013 2:00 PM
By: J.P. Murrieta, KOB Eyewitness Sports 4
The New Mexico State football team will be without one of the biggest weapons this year. NMSU head coach Doug Martin announced wide receiver Austin Franklin is academically ineligible and will redshirt the 2013 season.
Franklin was held out of spring practice for academic reasons. The junior started all 12 games for the Aggies in 2012. He led the team with 74 receptions, 1,245 yards receiving, 16.8 yards per reception, nine touchdowns and 103.8 receiving yards per game. Franklin also led the team in all-purpose yards with 1,627 yards total and averaged 135.6 total yards per game.
In a released statement, head coach Doug Martin said "After taking over the football program in January I was made aware of Austin's academic status, which stemmed from the 2012 fall semester. This is why I held him out of spring practice, to allow him a chance to possibly recover academically. In the end, Austin did not live up to the Aggie Football standards and his academic responsibilities. Austin will remain with the team during season and is expected to participate in all team activities including practice."