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Courtesy: WMU

Broncos Place Two on Doak Walker Award Watch List

Courtesy: WMU
Release: 07/14/2016
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KALAMAZOO – Western Michigan had two of its running backs named to the Doak Walker Award Watch List on Thursday. Jamauri Bogan and Jarvion Franklin each earned the honor.

Franklin and Bogan combined last season to record 1,786 yards and 21 touchdowns on the ground between them. Bogan led the way with a team-high 1,051 yards and 16 TDs, earning him the honor of MAC Freshman of the Year, and becoming the fourth straight Bronco to earn the award. He was also named Popeyes Bahamas Bowl Offensive MVP after rushing for 215 yards and four TDs against Middle Tennessee State. It was the second time in 2015 he ran for four TDs.

Franklin was productive in having someone to share the carries with last season as he accounted for 735 yards and five TDs on his own. One of his most memorable runs to the end zone came against Central Michigan as he lowered his shoulders and ran the Chippewa defender over en route to getting into the end zone. Through his first two seasons, Franklin has rushed for 2,286 yards, and 29 career touchdowns. He ranks 10th in program history in career rushing yards and third in career rushing TDs. He set the single season rushing TD record at WMU in 2014 when he ran for 24 TDs.

This marks the second straight season Franklin has been named to the preseason watch list.