Johnathan Franklin, RB (196 pounds) - Franklin did a 30-inch vertical jump, and stood by the rest of his numbers from the combine. Franklin looked really outstanding in the position drills. He caught the ball well with no drops. He had just one double catch and one chest catch. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/13/2013 - 2013 UCLA Pro Day: 2013 UCLA Pro Day: Frankin's athleticism continues to impress. The 5-foot-10, 205-pounder who clocked in at 4.49 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the Combine, showed off his burst by accelerating through the "holes" and exploding in his lateral cuts. He also caught the ball well during this portion of the drills.
Jones is still considered the favorite to be the first Bruin selected on draft day, perhaps in the first round. Franklin seems to be gaining on him, however, earning second-round grades from a number of clubs. There is growing sentiment that he is the second-rated back behind Alabama's Eddie Lacy. Frankin currently ranks fourth among running backs on NFLDraftScout.com's board, after a spectacular senior campaign (1,734 rushing yards) and impressing us in Mobile. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/24/2013 - 2013 Senior Bowl: Rushers led by UCLA's Johnathan Franklin...The group of running backs at the Senior Bowl is a good one. There's a lot of nice talent here, to the point where there isn't one bad player. All five of the rushers who practiced three days displayed some positive attributes without many negatives. That will make the group fun to keep up with in the coming weeks. As for ranking them through three practices, it wasn't an easy task because they all had their moments throughout the week and none truly disappointed. Note: Andre Ellington was ranked highly before the Senior Bowl started but a hamstring injury knocked him out for the week. Neither he nor Miami's Mike James are ranked.
1. Johnathan Franklin, UCLA. Franklin had a good week for himself. What I noticed on him before was that it took him a while to get going following a handoff and that he didn't break a lot of tackles. Here, he had many carries where he had some good burst and did break tackles during team drills. He also did a nice job catching the ball all week, and with a bigger body than Kenjon Barner has the potential to be a capable three-down back. - Dave Richard, CBSSports.com
01/22/2013 - 2013 Senior Bowl, UCLA RB Jonathan Franklin separating from North pack...After two practices it appears UCLA's Johnathan Franklin has a leg-up on Oregon's Kenjon Barner and Fresno State's Robbie Rouse for the top rusher on the North team. That was helped in big part by a solid showing in pass protection drills Tuesday. Aside from Harvard fullback Kyle Justzczyk, who blew up defenders, Franklin showed consistent blocking abilities, which will go a long way in helping him get noticed by NFL clubs. He already has a good reputation as a rusher.
"He does a really nice job of using his hands and his feet to block," a team scout told CBSSports.com. "He's got good speed and is just big enough to handle pass protection. We've had our eyes on him for some time."
Barner has been known for his speed, which was on display again at practice, but he remains iffy as a blocker. He didn't have to do much of that at Oregon. On Tuesday he would struggle with protection but get back up and try again. You can tell he's still learning. Rouse struggled in protection and has really proven to be a pure speed back. Comparisons to Darren Sproles are fair not only because of his size but because of his strengths as a home-run rusher and receiver. That leaves Franklin as the consensus top back on the North squad, followed by Barner and Rouse. - Dave Richard, CBSSports.com
12/27/2012 - UCLA, which is 14-16-1 in bowl games, is making back-to-back bowl appearances for the first time since the 2006-07 seasons. UCLA lost 20-14 to Illinois in last season's Kraft Fight Hunger bowl, which came after head coach Rick Neuheisel had been ousted. Somewhat surprisingly, this is the Bruins first appearance in the Holiday Bowl.
Scouting the running game: RB Johnathan Franklin has excelled as a senior, using his quickness to take advantage of the space created by the spread offense of coordinator Noel Mazzone, who came in and scrapped the Pistol offense favored in the past couple of years by then-head coach Rick Neuheisel. Franklin has 1,700 yards this season, averaging 6.3 per carry, and is coming off a 194-yard game against a Stanford defense that had been rated No. 1 against the run. If he and UCLA's young offensive line can do that to the Cardinal, the Bruins should make hay against a Baylor defense that is 89th nationally against the run (190.8 yards per game). - The Sports Xchange
12/16/2012 - 2012 WALTER CAMP ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM: RB Johnathan Franklin, UCLA, 5-11 195 Sr., Los Angeles, CA...Franklin, a finalist for the Doak Walker Award, became UCLA's all-time leader in all-purpose yardage during the Pac-12 Championship game. He also set a new mark for single-season rushing during the contest at Stanford and now has 1,700 yards on the year. Earlier this season, he became the all-time rushing leader at the school and currently has 4,369 yards. - UCLA football
12/16/2012 - 2012 AP ALL-AMERICAN SECOND TEAM: Running back - Johnathan Franklin, senior, UCLA...Franklin, a finalist for the Doak Walker Award, became UCLA's all-time leader in all-purpose yardage during the Pac-12 Championship game. He also set a new mark for single-season rushing during the contest at Stanford and now has 1,700 yards on the year. Earlier this season, he became the all-time rushing leader at the school and currently has 4,369 yards. - UCLA football
11/30/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Johnathan Franklin was stacked up by Stanford last week, gaining only 65 yards on 21 carries with a long of 11. That was enough, though, to push him to fifth on the Pac-12 career rushing list (4,175 yards). - The Sports Xchange
11/29/2012 - 2012 ALL-PAC-12 SECOND-TEAM: RB Johnathan Franklin, Sr., UCLA...has been selected Second Team All-Pac-12 for the 2012 college football season. - UCLA football
11/22/2012 - PAC-12: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 12: 1. RB Johnathan Franklin, 5-11, 195, UCLA: Why he has the top spot: The Bruins clinched a spot in the Pac-12 title game with a 38-28 win over rival USC on Saturday and that's thanks in large part to Franklin. The senior running back carried the ball 29 times for 171 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Franklin's performance was a far cry from last season's, when he ran for only 55 yards in the Bruins' 50-0 loss to USC. Season stats (11 games): 228 carries, 1,441 yards, 10 touchdowns; 26 receptions, 290 yards, two touchdowns.
Player ranking: Franklin is ranked 123rd overall and is the 10th-highest rated RB in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: If you're into physics, you'll want to make sure to watch UCLA on Saturday, when the irresistible force (Franklin) meets the immovable object (Stanford's defense). Franklin's 131 yards rushing per game ranks fifth nationally, but he'll have a tough time reaching that number going up against a Cardinal defense that ranks second nationally against the run. - John Breech, CBSSports.com
11/21/2012 - 2012 DOAK WALKER AWARD FINALIST (NATION'S OUTSTANDING RUNNING BACK): Johnathan Franklin (UCLA)...Franklin has rushed for 1,441 yards this season and ranks fifth nationally in both total rushing yards and rushing yards per game. He became UCLA's all-time leading rusher during the Arizona game and ranks sixth all-time among Pac-12 Conference rushers. He recorded his eighth 100-yard rushing game of the year, this past weekend with 171 yards in the win over USC, which tied the school single-season record. - UCLA football
11/18/2012 - RB Johnathan Franklin rushed for 171 yards, the most by a UCLA player against USC since Gaston Green had 224 in 1986. Franklin, now with 4,110 career rushing yards, is the first Bruins player to go over 4,000.
11/17/2012 - No. 17 UCLA defeated No. 18 USC 38-28 at the Rose Bowl on Saturday and avenged last year's 50-0 loss to the Trojans. Tailback Johnathan Franklin rushed for 171 yards and two touchdowns, including a 29-yarder with 4:02 remaining to give the Bruins a 38-28 advantage after USC came within three points. Quarterback Brett Hundley passed for 234 yards and one touchdown while also running for two scores. UCLA jumped out to a 24-0 lead in the second quarter as Hundley confounded the Trojans, completing of 12 of his first 14 passes. - The Sports Xchange
11/07/2012 - PAC-12: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 10: 2. RB Johnathan Franklin, 5-11, 195, UCLA: Why he has the second spot: Franklin didn't put up Barner-type numbers, but he was still impressive in the Bruins 66-10 win over Arizona. Franklin cracked the 100-yard mark for the seventh time in nine games, he also cracked the 160-yard mark for the fourth time this season. The senior running back finished with 162 yards and two touchdowns in UCLA's blowout win. Season stats (nine games): 180 carries, 1,204 yards, 8 touchdowns; 20 rec., 231 yards, 1 touchdown. Player ranking: Franklin is ranked 120th overall and is the 10th-highest rated RB in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Last week, Franklin was ranked 137th overall while being the 11th-highest rated running back. Up next: There's a good chance Franklin will hit the 100-yard mark for the eighth time this season on Saturday as UCLA goes up against a Washington State run defense that's giving up 172.3 ypg. - John Breech, CBSSports.com
10/13/2012 - Brett Hundley passed for 183 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 68 yards and another score, and UCLA's defense largely shut down Utah in a 21-14 victory Saturday. Johnathan Franklin rushed for 79 yards and a TD for the Bruins (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12), who bounced back solidly from a blowout loss to California that knocked them out of the Top 25 last weekend. Shaq Evans caught a 64-yard TD pass from Hundley, who showed off his uncommon freshman poise while winning a duel with Travis Wilson. Utah's freshman quarterback passed for 220 yards in his first career start, but the Utes (2-4, 0-3) lost their third straight. UCLA's defense shut out the Utah offense until Wilson led a 90-yard drive capped by Jon Hays' 1-yard TD pass to Dres Anderson with 3:16 to play. Anderson, the son of former UCLA receiver Flipper Anderson, had nine catches for 70 yards for the Utes, who have never won at the Rose Bowl. Utah is off to another winless start in Pac-12 play after starting 0-4 last year before a strong finish. - AP Sports
10/07/2012 - RB Johnathan Franklin posted his fifth 100-yard rushing game of the season, carrying 15 times for 102 yards against Cal. The senior is seventh nationally in rushing with 133.3 yards per game.
10/02/2012 - PAC-12: DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 5: 2. RB Johnathan Franklin, 5-11, 195, UCLA: Why he has the second spot: Franklin bounced back from his 45-yard performance against Oregon State with a 111-yard performance in the Bruins' 42-14 win over Colorado. The senior running back showed his versatility against the Buffaloes. Not only did he lead the team in rushing, with three catches for 48 yards, he also led them in receiving. Season stats (three games): 93 carries for 697 yards and three TDs rushing; 12 catches for 180 yards and a TD. Player ranking: Franklin is ranked 155th overall and is the 10th highest running back in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Franklin's draft stock has shot up up since the beginning of the season when he was ranked in the mid-200's overall. Up next: Franklin could have his biggest game of the season on Saturday when No. 25 UCLA travels to Cal (10 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network). The Golden Bears have the the Pac-12's worst rushing defense (174.8 ypg), which could mean big holes all game long for Franklin, the nation's fourth-leading rusher (139.4 ypg). - John Breech, CBSSports.com
09/30/2012 - RB Johnathan Franklin, after being held to 45 yards by Oregon State a week earlier, was back in triple digits at Colorado, rushing 15 times for 111 yards. Franklin, who ranks fourth nationally with 139.4 yards per game, credited the return of RG Jeff Baca for helping the line open some holes. "Of course he's a great player, but it's just his leadership. He brings a lot to the table," Franklin said.
09/29/2012 - Brett Hundley, Johnathan Franklin and the rest of the UCLA Bruins bounced back from a tough defeat, beating Colorado 42-14 Saturday night for their best start since 2007. Hundley threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for two scores as the Bruins (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12) improved to 30-10-2 in the weeks following a loss that dropped them from the rankings. They tumbled from No. 19 last week with a loss at home to Oregon State. Franklin set the tone early, running for 97 of his 111 yards in the first half and catching all three of his passes for 48 yards as the Bruins jumped ahead 21-7 at the break. The Buffaloes (1-4, 1-1) were driving in the third quarter when they were stuffed on fourth-and-1 at midfield, then coughed up the ball on their next two possessions. "We're not at that point where we can overcome mistakes like that," Buffs coach Jon Embree said. Leading a swarming Bruins defense were linebackers Anthony Barr and Damien Holmes, who combined for four sacks, seven tackles for loss and three hurries of quarterback Jordan Webb. The Buffaloes rallied past Washington State last week with three touchdowns in the final seven minutes, and they needed a similar comeback this time after falling behind by three TDs through three quarters. It was the Bruins who poured on the points this time, sealing their first win in Boulder since a 33-16 victory in 1984. They returned in 2003, losing 16-14. Franklin, who was limited to 45 yards a week earlier, had a big first half, when his 28-yard bob-and-weave on a screen pass set up Hundley's 1-yard TD keeper that put UCLA ahead 21-7 at halftime. - AP Sports
09/23/2012 - RB Johnathan Franklin fell from first to fourth nationally in rushing after being held to 45 yards against Oregon State. He is averaging 146.5 yards per game. Franklin was beginning to be mentioned on some Heisman lists, but that will go away now.
09/22/2012 - Five Prospects I'll Be Watching Saturday: Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA: As mentioned previously, the senior quarterback who has perhaps boosted his NFL stock more than any other thus far this season has been Miami (Ohio) Zac Dysert. In much the same way, Franklin has boosted his grade with scouts as much as any running back in the country -- perhaps more than any player, regardless of position. Franklin entered the 2012 season having already proven himself to be a quality runner. Nicknamed "Jetski" for his explosive burst through holes, Franklin was on pace to challenge UCLA's all-time record for rushing yards but if he continues at the pace he's currently on, he'll wind up shattering it. Franklin, who leads the country with 541 rushing yards through the first three games, has been dyamic and a huge reason why the Bruins are 3-0. Jim Mora's squad could see a stiff challenge at home Saturday against a plucky Oregon State defense that already shocked one top 25 team (Wisconsin) by shutting down their running game. The Bruins have started off hot and deserve a great deal of credit... but to prove they're a legitimate top 25 themselves, UCLA has to be just as successful in Pac-12 conference as they've thus far been out of it. This game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 pm eastern and will be televised by ABC. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
09/17/2012 - UCLA freshman quarterback Brett Hundley can run when he needs to. He's quickly learned that it's better to turn around and hand it to Johnathan Franklin. Franklin and Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson are the only players in the country with over 500 yards rushing this season. Franklin maintained his national lead despite a season-low 110 yards on 25 carries in a 37-6 win over Houston. Franklin has 541 yards, and Jefferson has 529 after exploding for 247 yards in Saturday's win over Northwestern State. Fresno State's Robbie Rouse is third with 382 yards rushing. - AP Sports
09/11/2012 - PAC-12: PLAYERS WHOSE NFL DRAFT STOCK IS RISING - WEEK 2: RB Johnathan Franklin, UCLA: Franklin's draft stock isn't just rising, it's skyrocketing. For the second week in a row, the UCLA senior topped 200 yards, going for 217 in the Bruins' 36-30 upset of Nebraska. Franklin's two game total of 431 rushing yards not only leads the country, it leads the country by a wide margin; second place Branden Oliver of Buffalo sits 82 yards back at 349. Going into 2012, Franklin was a projected seventh round pick, however, he's moved himself into the fourth and fifth round-range according to CBSSports.com's latest draft board. You can see him next: Saturday, vs. Houston, 10:30 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network). - John Breech, CBSSports.com
09/11/2012 - UCLA's Johnathan Franklin has become a stealth running back. Nebraska defenders certainly had difficulty locating him, as Franklin bobbed and weaved for 217 yards in a 36-30 Bruins victory Saturday. It was the sixth-most yards rushing by a player against the Cornhuskers. But others have yet to zero in on Franklin. Heismanpundit.com, which bills itself as the authority on the Heisman Trophy, barely has Franklin on its radar even though Franklin leads the nation in rushing, averaging 215.5 yards, after two weeks. UCLA athletic department officials have no immediate plans to mount a Heisman campaign, even with a blank billboard available down the street that until recently carried the likeness of USC quarterback Matt Barkley. And Franklin is far too team-oriented to self-promote. "I'm focused on getting better," he said. As for winning the Heisman, Franklin said, "If it's God's favor for me, then so be it." Of course, winning the Heisman is something that is usually left to mortals. "There is so much that goes into it in terms of hype and marketing, getting on the cover of national magazines, playing on national television," UCLA Coach Jim Mora said. "You set yourself up the year before for what happens in your Heisman Trophy campaign. It's hard to catch up." It's been done, though. A similar two-game outburst put Michigan's Denard Robinson in the Heisman discussion in 2010. He finished sixth that season, though Michigan officials, per university policy, did not run a Robinson-for-the-Heisman campaign. Gary Beban is UCLA's only Heisman winner, having earned the award in 1967. Troy Aikman (1988) and Cade McNown (1998) finished third. The last UCLA player to receive a vote was Drew Olson, who finished eighth in 2005. - Chris Foster, The LA Times
09/11/2012 - 9/11/2012 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: 3. Johnathan Franklin RB UCLA...Two weeks into the season, Franklin has put together two of the most impressive outings thus far by a running back with back-to-back 200-yard rushing performances. After running for 214 yards in the season opener at Rice, he followed it up with a career-best 217 rushing yards against Nebraska, a defense far superior to the Owls. Franklin also added 59 yards receiving, making an impact in the screen game. So far on the year, he leads the nation with 431 rushing yards, averaging an absurd 10.5 yards per carry. Franklin is built low to the ground and is so good at keeping his feet through contact, exhibiting excellent balance and lower body strength. He has okay speed, probably runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.45-4.50 range, but seems faster because he wastes so little time, accelerating quickly with a decisive, determined head of steam. Franklin doesn't have elite size and has done almost all of his damage on the outside, but is so effective because of his smaller stature, balance and play speed, keeping defenders off balance and getting the most out of every run. It's pretty high praise, but he sounds very similar to another former UCLA running back, who has done okay for himself in the pros (Maurice Jones-Drew). - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
09/11/2012 - Top 10 Most surprising stats of the early season: 2: UCLA is No. 2 in the nation in rushing and No. 3 in total offense? The real jaw-dropping part of this is that the Bruins are putting up these numbers despite starting five freshmen on offense, including linemen at the three most critical spots: left tackle (Torian White), center (Jake Brendel) and right tackle (Simon Goines). Oh, and they're also starting a guard (Xavier Su'a-Filo) who hadn't played football in two years and a QB (Brett Hundley) who never played in a college game before this season. Meanwhile, the rest of the guys have had to adapt to OC Noel Mazzone's new hurry-up, spread scheme that incorporates NFL run-game principles. The results: 344 rushing yards per game (only Air Force has run for more) and 650 total yards, as Johnathan Franklin, who leads the nation in rushing by more than 40 yards per game, has vaulted into the Heisman picture. Some could dismiss their showing after Week 1 and say "Well, it was only Rice," but after the way the Bruins attacked Nebraska, it's time to take notice. Jim Mora deserves credit for ramping up the intensity. Staffers say he goes best-on-best at practice much, much more than any other places they've coached. So far, so great. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
09/10/2012 - WEEK 2 PAC-12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: UCLA Running back Johnathan Franklin, a senior from Los Angeles, Calif., rushed for a career-best 217 yards on on 26 carries (8.3 average) and hauled in three passes for 59 yards (19.6 average) and a touchdown in a 36-30 win over No. 16 Nebraska to earn his second-straight Pac-12 Player of the Week honor. He became the seventh Bruin to eclipse the 3,000-yard rushing mark and moved into seventh place on UCLA's all-time rushing list. Through two games this season, Franklin is the NCAA's leading rusher, averaging 215.5 yards per game. Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running backs Ka'Deem Carey of Arizona, Isi Sofele of California, Christian Powell of Colorado and Kenjon Barner of Oregon, wide receiver Robert Woods of USC, tight end Chris Coyle of Arizona State and quarterback Sean Mannion of Oregon State. - Pac-12 football
09/08/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Nebraska at UCLA, Sept. 8 -- The Bruins seem to have the overall talent to hang with Nebraska, especially with the game in the Rose Bowl, and even more so if Huskers RB Rex Burkhead is ailing. This is the kind of game that could launch excitement (i.e. ticket sales) early in Jim Mora's tenure at UCLA. KEYS TO THE GAME: Get the running game going. RB Johnathan Franklin broke two long touchdown runs last week, but those gaping holes in the middle of the line might not be there this week against Nebraska. UCLA is going to have to grind against Nebraska's front and get reasonable chunks of yardage to keep the chains moving and keeping young QB Brett Hundley out of situations in which the Huskers can hungrily rush the passer. - The Sports Xchange
09/04/2012 - PAC-12: PLAYERS WHOSE NFL DRAFT STOCK IS RISING: RB Johnathan Franklin, UCLA: A quick way to get your draft stock to rise is to rush for 215 yards and three touchdowns in your team's season opener. That's what UCLA senior RB Johnathan Franklin did. Franklin's currently projected to go in the seventh round of the draft, but if he proves to be as durable and strong all season as he was against Rice, he could work his way up to the middle of the draft. You can see him next: Saturday, vs. Nebraska, 7:30 p.m. ET (Fox). - John Breech, CBSSports.com
09/03/2012 - WEEK 1 PAC-12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: UCLA Running back Johnathan Franklin, a senior from Los Angeles, Calif., rushed for 214 yards on 15 carries (14.3 average) and tied his career high with three touchdowns in a 49-24 win at Rice. His three touchdowns came on runs of 74, 78 and 22 yards. He became the first UCLA back to record two runs of 72 yards or longer in a game and the fourth Bruin to log multiple 200-yard rushing performances. With 2,883 rushing yards in his career, Franklin is 32 yards shy of taking over 7th place on UCLA's all-time rushing list. Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running backs Marion Grice of Arizona State and John White of Utah and quarterbacks Matt Scott of Arizona, Marcus Mariota of Oregon and Matt Barkley of USC. - Pac-12 football
09/02/2012 - RB Johnathan Franklin showed off his speed with touchdown runs of 74 and 78 yards vs. Rice. He finished with 214 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries. He is up to 2,883 yards, well within reach of the school record held by Gaston Green. Franklin is 848 yards away.
08/30/2012 - Johnathan Franklin rushed for 214 yards and three touchdowns as UCLA racked up 348 yards on the ground en route to a 49-24 win over Rice on Thursday night. Brett Hundley, a redshirt freshman, was 21 of 28 for 202 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown. Franklin just missed his career high of 216 yards rushing set in 2010 against Washington State. He became the first player in UCLA history to have two rushes of at least 72 yards in a game after scoring on touchdown runs of 74 and 78 yards in the first half. Rice's Taylor McHargue threw for 172 yards and two touchdowns on 17 of 28 passing and rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. UCLA finished with 651 total yards in Jim Mora Jr.'s first game as coach, compared to 347 for Rice. - AP Sports
08/30/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: UCLA at Rice, Aug. 30 -- The Bruins are opening on the road for the third consecutive season, having lost at Kansas State in 2010 and at Houston last season. The Owls shouldn't offer as much competition as those two teams did, as Rice is coming off a 4-8 season and is trying to fortify what was one of the nation's worst defenses last season. KEYS TO THE GAME: Have QB Brett Hundley play fast and loose. Coordinator Noel Mazzone should be able to get Hundley humming with an assortment of quick, safe passes And then Hundley adds a mobility element that Rice will have to account for as well. Hundley needs to have success and feel good about himself after this game. A week two home battle vs. Nebraska looms. PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Johnathan Franklin -- Old reliable. The Bruins know they can count on Franklin, a senior who rushed for 976 yards on 166 carries last season, when he averaged a career-best 5.9 yards per attempt. - The Sports Xchange
07/25/2012 - Top-five UCLA prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 4. RB Johnathan Franklin...Like the afore-mentioned Larimore, Franklin has made enough plays over his career to pique the interest of NFL scouts but may not necessarily be the highly regarded prospect his statistics would lead one to believe. Franklin enters his senior campaign having started 32 games over the past three seasons and is within reach of the school's all-time rushing title (needs 1,063 in 2012) with 2,669 rushing yards already to his credit. Franklin boasts NFL-caliber speed and the ability to make defenders miss in tight quarters. He attacks the line of scrimmage and can squirt through in a blink, consistently giving the Bruins a big play option from the running game. For this skill he's affectionately been nicknamed "Jetski" by some on the team due to his ability to leave defenders in his wake. The catchy nickname is fun but I have concerns about how well he'll transition to the NFL. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
07/25/2012 - Top-five UCLA prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 4. RB Johnathan Franklin...Franklin lacks the bulk of an NFL lead back so he'd likely have to make a roster as a third down specialist. The problem is he hasn't demonstrated the reliable hands out of the backfield (25 career catches for just 194 yards and one score) nor is he a stout blocker in pass protection -- two traits normally associated with the speedy change-of-pace options NFL teams are increasingly employing in this era of specialization. Perhaps most alarming is that Franklin has struggled with ball security. He fumbled three times in a five game stretch last year and it has been a sporadic problem going back earlier in his career. A two-time all-conference pick, Franklin is a relatively big name whose hype could cause him to be much higher rated by some. To guarantee being selected in the 2013 draft, however, I believe Franklin will have to enjoy the best season of his career. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
07/20/2012 - 2012 DOAK WALKER AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Johnathan Franklin (Sr.), UCLA, has been selected to the Preseason Doak Walker Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented annually to the nation's premier running back for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community. Franklin, an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection in 2011, came up just short in his bid for a second-straight 1,000-yard rushing season. However, his 976 yards, on 166 carries, did move him into ninth on the all-time UCLA rushing list. Franklin averaged a career-best 5.9 yards per carry in 2011 and had three 100-yard rushing games, capped off by a 162-yard effort against Colorado. It marked the 10th career time (eighth on all-time UCLA list) he has met or exceeded the century mark. In 2010, Franklin led the Bruins in rushing with 1,127 yards, the 10th-best season mark in school history and a total which almost doubled his output as a freshman. He became UCLA's first 1,000-yard rusher since 2006 (Chris Markey) and posted the highest Bruin rushing total since Skip Hicks ran for 1,282 yards in 1997. - UCLA football
07/10/2012 - 2012 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Johnathan Franklin, UCLA, RB, Sr., has been selected to the preseason Maxwell Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season, given to America's outstanding collegiate football player since 1937 and named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell. Franklin, an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection in 2011, came up just short in his bid for a second-straight 1,000-yard rushing season. However, his 976 yards, on 166 carries, did move him into ninth on the all-time UCLA rushing list. Franklin averaged a career-best 5.9 yards per carry in 2011 and had three 100-yard rushing games, capped off by a 162-yard effort against Colorado. It marked the 10th career time he has met or exceeded the century mark. In 2010, Franklin led the Bruins in rushing with 1,127 yards, the 10th-best season mark in school history and a total which almost doubled his output as a freshman. He became UCLA's first 1,000-yard rusher since 2006 (Chris Markey) and posted the highest Bruin rushing total since Skip Hicks ran for 1,282 yards in 1997. - UCLA football