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.
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.