Franklin honored by Tennessee Sports Writers Association
Jan. 27, 2013
Vanderbilt coach James Franklin, who led the Commodores to their most wins in a season since 1915 was named the TSWA College Football Coach of the Year, in a vote by TSWA members.
Franklin was a runaway winner for the honor, with MTSU's Rick Stockstill being a distant second in the voting of TSWA members.
In Franklin's second year as coach, Vanderbilt closed with a seven-game winning streak, including a 38-24 win over North Carolina State in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. The Commodores finished 9-4, the most wins in a season since 1915.
Vanderbilt was 5-3 in the SEC with conference wins over Tennessee, Auburn, Missouri, Kentucky and Ole Miss. The Commodores' four losses were to teams ranked in the final polls.
Vanderbilt was ranked in both of the season's final polls; No. 20 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll and No. 23 in the Associated Press Poll.
Tennessee-Martin quarterback Derek Carr was named the TSWA College Football Player of the Year.