Established himself as one of the top running backs in the nation ... Doak Walker Award finalist in 2012 ... Possesses fine speed, quickness and explosiveness ... 45 career starts ... Three career 200-yard plus rushing games, two in 2012 ... Became UCLA's all-time leading rusher during the 2012 Arizona game ... 19 career 100-yard rushing games, one shy of Gaston Green's school record ... Fifth on the all-time Pac-12 rushing list ... Became UCLA's all-time single-season rusher and all-time leader in all-purpose yards in the Pac-12 Championship Game at Stanford; all while setting a school record with his ninth 100-yard rushing game of the season.
Starter in 13 of the 14 games ... Doak Walker Award finalist ... Maxwell Award semifinalist ... Served as an offensive co-captain ... Named second-team All-America by Associated Press, sportsillustrated.com, Walter Camp and FoxSports Next ... First-team All-America selection by CBSSports.com and the Football Writers Association of America ... Second-team all-conference pick by the league coaches ... Established new school single-season records for rushing yards, all-purpose yards and career records for rushing, all-purpose yards ... Finished third in the Pac-12 in rushing (123.9 yds/g) and fourth in all-purpose yardage (147.3/g)... Earned the Bruin Force Award, the UCLA Captains Award, the N.N. Sugarman Award for Best Leadership on Offense, the George W. Dickerson Award for Outstanding Offensive Player Against USC at the team's annual awards banquet.
Franklin moved past Gaston Green's 25-year old rushing record and became UCLA's all-time leading rusher on his third carry of the game against Arizona, a 37-yard scoring burst ... In the Pac-12 Championship Game at Stanford, Franklin ran for 194 yards, his ninth 100-yard rushing game of the season which established a new school record (old record held by Karim Abdul-Jabbar-1995, Gaston Green-1986, Freeman McNeil-1980, 1979 and Wendell Tyler-1975)... His 171 yards rushing against USC was the most by a Bruin against the Trojans since Green ran for 224 in 1986 ... He kicked off the 2012 season with a pair of 200-yard plus performances against Rice (214) and Nebraska (217) ... His 214-yard effort at Rice included two 70-plus yard runs for touchdowns ... He raced 74 yards midway through the first quarter and then navigated 78 yards for a score last in the second quarter to become the first Bruin to have two runs of over 72 yards in a game ... He was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week ... Against Nebraska, he compiled a career-best 217 yards and caught a nine-yard scoring pass ... For the second week in a row, he was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week, a first for a Bruin offensive player during the Pac-12/10 era ... Selected to play in the Senior Bowl collegiate all-star game.
Starter in all 14 games ... Ranked 10th in the Pac-12 in rushing (69.71) and earned honorable mention all-conference honors ... Moved up to ninth on the all-time UCLA rushing list (2,669) ... Led the team with 976 yards rushing, coming up just short of being the first Bruin to record back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons since DeShaun Foster in 2000/2001 ... Averaged a career-best 5.9 yards per carry ... Ran for 128 yards (16 carries) and a touchdown at Houston ... Had 81 yards vs. San Jose State and a touchdown ... Totaled 58 yards on 15 carries against Texas ... Had 36 yards on six rushes at Oregon State before heading to the sidelines with a hip contusion ... Rushed for 96 yards on 12 carries at Stanford ... Rushed for 11 yards at Arizona and caught two passes for 40 yards and a touchdown ... Went for 45 yards on 13 carries against Cal, including an 11-yard scoring dash ... Ran for 41 yards and a touchdown against Arizona State ... Ran 17 times for 89 yards at Utah ... Compiled his 10th career 100-yard rushing game against Colorado with 162 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown ... Rushed eight times for 55 yards at USC ... Had 35 yards on the ground at Oregon ... Rushed for 29 yards against Illinois.
Offensive winner of UCLA's Henry R. "Red" Sanders Award for Most Valuable Player ... Appeared in all 12 games and made 10 starts ... Led Bruins in rushing with 1,127 yards, the 10th-best season mark in school history (No. 2 mark among sophomores and first Bruin 1,000-yard rusher since Chris Markey in 2006) ... His 1,127 yards is highest total by a Bruin since Skip Hicks ran for 1,282 in 1997 ... Fifth in Pac-10 and 27th in NCAA (93.92 yds/g) ... Led team with eight touchdowns, the highest total since Kahlil Bell also had eight in 2008 ... Ninth in Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (99.17) and 14th in total offense (93.92) ... Second-team All-Conference by league's coaches ... Rushed for 100 or more yards five times in 2010 ... Had three-straight 100-yard games in a row versus Houston, Texas and WSU ... The last time a Bruin rushed for 100 yards in three straight contests was Marurice Jones-Drew in 2004 (Ill., Wash., SDSU) ... Came off bench at Kansas State to lead Bruins with 60 yards rushing (13 carries) and made one reception (15 yards) ... Led team against Stanford with 73 yards (11) ... Ran for 158 yards (26) versus Houston (most since Chris Markey 193 v. Wash., 2007) ... Scored three rushing touchdowns versus Cougars (11,1,12 yds - first Bruin to do so since Chane Moline, 2009 at WSU) ... 13 of his runs gained at least five yards ... Led Bruins at Texas with 118 yards (19) and one touchdown ... His 11-yard scoring run capped an 80-yard drive to open second half (had 56 yards on four carries during drive) ... Had nine carries for at least five yards ... Rushed for a career-best 216 yards (No. 13 on school single-game list and most since Jones-Drew ran for 322 at Wash., 2004) and one touchdown (3) on 30 carries against Washington State ... Sixteen of his rushes measured at least five yards and seven were for double figures ... Led Bruins at Cal with 54 yards (13) ... Rushed for 69 yards (21) at Oregon and caught two passes (17 yds) ... Netted 44 yards (13) against Arizona ... Ran for 100 yards (23) against Oregon State ... His one-yard scoring run tied the score at 14 late in third quarter ... Scored the lone touchdown on 31-yard burst at Washington and finished with 53 yards (18) ... Made two receptions against the Huskies ... Rushed for team-high 73 yards (14) at Arizona State, including a season-long 55-yard run to set up UCLA's first touchdown ... Ran for 109 yards against USC (13) and scored one touchdown ... First Bruin back to register at least 100 yards against the Trojans since DeShaun Foster in 1998 ... Winner of UCLA's George W. Dickerson Award for Outstanding Offensive Player vs. USC.
Saw action in all 13 games and started in eight contests ... Two 100-yard rushing games (Kansas St. and Cal) ... Only one player in school history has totaled more than two 100-yard games in a freshman season (Tyler Ebell, six in 2002) ... Led team with 566 yards rushing, sixth-best total by a Bruin freshman ... Average of 43.54 yards per game was 12th in the Pac-10 ... Made first career start against San Diego St. and scored on his first carry (12 yards) ... Carried 12 times for 43 yards ... Started at Tennessee and rushed for 80 yards (17 carries) ... Made one reception(10 yds) ... Led the Bruins with 119 yards on 23 carries against Kansas St. ... Scored UCLA's first touchdown (three-yard run) and had a long run of 36 yards ... Became first Bruin to rush for 100 yards in a game since Chris Markey (vs. BYU, 2007 bowl) ... Led team at Stanford with 58 yards (14) and scored the team's only touchdown (one-yard run) ... Led team with 32 yards (9) against Oregon ... Totaled 101 yards (11) and two touchdowns against Cal ... His 74-yard touchdown dash in the second quarter was longest run by a Bruin since 2003 (Maurice Drew 83-yard score vs. Arizona St.) ... Also scored on a seven-yard run ... Off the bench at Arizona to lead team with 36 yards (9); two catches for 17 yards ... Started at Oregon St. and gained 37 yards (14) ... Caught a two-point conversion pass to tie the game with 2:06 remaining ... Netted four yards on seven attempts against Washington ... Off the bench at Washington St. to gain 22 yards (3) ... Did not carry the ball against Arizona St., but caught two passes (26 yds) ... Came off the bench at USC to gain 28 yards (4) ... Ran three times for six yards in bowl win over Temple.
Did not see game action in his first season in the program and has a season of eligibility remaining ... Offensive co-winner of UCLA's Charles Pike Memorial Award for Outstanding Scout Team Player.
Lettered three seasons at Dorsey HS in Los Angeles, CA for coach Paul Knox ... Played running back and linebacker ... Earned four stars from rivals.com ... Rated No. 16 athlete nationally by rivals.com ... Named All-State third team by Cal-Hi Sports ... Rushed for 1,732 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior ... Rushed for over 200 yards in five games in his senior season ... Had 40 tackles and six sacks on defense ... Named first-team All-City as a running back ... Was a third-team selection as a linebacker ... Named Coliseum League Player of the Year ... Inducted into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame high school registry for excellence in academics and football ... Totaled 510 yards rushing as a junior ... Ran for 150 yards as a sophomore back and recorded 70 tackles, with six sacks on defense ... Also lettered in track and field (sprints, relays) for two years ... As a junior, he was a member of third-place 4 x 400 relay team at State meet ... His 4x400 relay team won City championship ... As a freshman, he won the 100m City sprint championship.
Full Name: Johnathan A. Franklin ... Born: October 23, 1989 in Los Angeles, CA ... Parent: Pamela Andrews ... Has one sister, Tierra ... Lists his biggest thrill in sports as stepping on the field each week ... Lists NFL star Ray Lewis as the athlete he admires the most ... Hobbies include writing poetry and acting ... Named to the academic honor roll at his high school his last three school years ... Former Bruin running back Raymond Carter's dad was his first youth football coach ... Has appeared on the teen reality show "Baldwin Hills" ... Career objectives include becoming a psychologist, teen mentor and motivational speaker ... Political Science major.