Troy Franklin, Jackson Powers-Johnson named to midseason AP All-America teams
Troy Franklin was one of six wide receivers selected to the midseason AP All-America teams on Tuesday while Oregon center Jackson Powers-Johnson took the first-team spot on the offensive line. Franklin landed on the second team.
The Pac-12 landed five players in total on the first-team offense and defense. Washington’s Michael Penix Jr. and Rome Odunze were named to the first team, as well as Oregon State tackle Taliese Fuaga. Franklin was one of only two Pac-12 players on the second-team offense, joined by Oregon State guard Tanner Miller.
You can find the full midseason All-America ballot from the Associated Press here.
Powers-Johnson has started all six games at center for the ninth-ranked Ducks this season. A year after the group was recognized as one of the best in the country, the Ducks’ remade offensive line has carried over the same standard of play and landed on the midseason honor roll for the Joe Moore Award (top offensive line in football). Powers-Johnson’s play in the middle is a big reason why.
He is the top-graded center in the country as a pass-blocker, regardless of snaps played. Among qualified centers, he has the second-best overall grade in the FBS. He was the Pac-12 Offensive Lineman of the Week following Oregon’s win over Colorado, and has been charged with just one pressure allowed in 230 snaps as a pass-blocker.
Quarterback Bo Nix has been well-protected once again this season, and that has allowed Franklin to flourish down the field. His 114.8 yards per game ranks seventh in the FBS. He has a Pac-12-leading eight touchdowns and is on pace to become just the 12th player in program history to top 1,000 receiving yards in a single season.
Franklin is also just one 100-yard game away from setting the single-season program record.