From SFA Athletics
FRISCO, TX (Press Release)- Stephen F. Austin landed a pair of players on the 2015 Southland Conference All-Academic team, announced today by the league office. Defensive end John Franklin and defensive back Marlon Walls represent the Lumberjacks as the sophomore duo are coming off strong seasons both on and off the field.
Franklin was named a second team All-SLC selection at defensive end after leading SFA in both tackles for loss (8.5) and sacks (6.0), ranking among the conference leaders in both categories. Posting a career-best 32 tackles and five quarterback hurries, Franklin earned HERO Sports FCS National Defensive Player of the Week honors following his 3.0 sack and 4.0 tackle for loss performance at Southeastern Louisiana.
A native of Greenville, Franklin boasts a 3.32 GPA while majoring in kinesiology. He becomes the first Lumberjack to earn both Academic All-SLC honors and garner at least a second team All-SLC nod since Drew Nelson in 2010.
Walls posted his best season as a Lumberjack in 2015, finishing the year with 24 tackles, including 18 solo, with 1.5 tackles for loss. He registered the first two interceptions of his career, beginning with a pick off TCU's Trevone Boykin then followed by a pick-six to seal the win over Incarnate Word.
The Pearland native's honors comes on the heels of being named a first team CoSIDA Academic All-District selection as the sophomore boasts a perfect 4.00 GPA, majoring in engineering physics.
The All-Academic teams are voted on by the head coaches, sports information directors and academic advisors from each Southland Conference university. Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team's competition to qualify for the all-academic squad.
2015 Southland Conference Football All-Academic Team
QB - Trent Brittain, Incarnate Word
WR - Desmond Smith, Central Arkansas
WR - Josh Reynolds, Sam Houston State
RB - Kade Harrington, Lamar
RB - Michael Henry, Nicholls
TE - Cole Wick, Incarnate Word
OL - Kyle Stouffer, Central Arkansas
OL - Joe Graves, Southeastern Louisiana
OL - Stockton Mallett, Central Arkansas
OL - Hunter Barron, Houston Baptist
OL - Pace Murphy, Northwestern State
K - Chris Moore, Northwestern State
DL - Jonathan Woodard, Central Arkansas
DL - John Franklin, Stephen F. Austin
DL - Jacobi Hunter, Sam Houston State
DL - Alex Jenkins, Incarnate Word
LB - Sam Denmark, Abilene Christian
LB - Padyn Giebler, Incarnate Word
LB - Bo Brown, McNeese State
LB - Geoffrey Hebert, Nicholls
DB - Daryl Irby, Incarnate Word
DB - Marlon Walls, Stephen F. Austin
DB - Denzel Thompson, Southeastern Louisiana
DB - Bobby Watkins, Central Arkansas
DB - P.J. Giddens, Sam Houston State
P - Lachlan Edwards, Sam Houston State
2015 SLC Student-Athlete of the Year: Sam Denmark, Abilene Christian