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story.lead_photo.caption Lincoln running back Hosea Franklin shifts after finding his running lane blocked during a game against Missouri Western at Dwight T. Reed Stadium. Photo by News Tribune / News Tribune.

Lincoln sophomore running back Hosea Franklin was named an All-American honorable mention by the Don Hansen Football Committee.

Franklin led the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association with 1,359 yards rushing during the 2019 season, which also broke the Lincoln single-season rushing record. He averaged 123.5 yards per game and scored five touchdowns.

Franklin began the season by rushing for a Lincoln single-game record of 251 yards against Washburn.

Including the postseason, Franklin finished ninth in NCAA Division II in rushing yards and 10th in rushing yards per game. He was one of 40 Division II players to rush for 1,000 or more yards this season and one of 26 players to average 100 or more rushing yards per game.

Franklin was one of 20 players in the MIAA to be recognized on the Don Hansen All-American team, which included two MIAA players on the first team, one on the second team and five on the third team.

Fort Hays State senior kicker Dante Brown was selected as the special teams player of the year. Central Missouri tight end Zach Davidson was also honored on the first team.

Franklin was also one of two running backs named to the Don Hansen All-Super Region 3 Team. The region consists of the MIAA, the Great Lakes Valley Conference, the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the Great American Conference.

The MIAA accounted for seven of the 15 all-region first team offensive players and five of the 13 all-region first team defensive players.

The Don Hansen Football Committee has been selecting All-American teams since 1988 and all-region teams since 2003.

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