Monday, September 10, 2012
Franklin nabs conference honor again
By Peter Yoon
UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin has been named the Pac-12 offensive player of the week for the second consecutive week, the conference announced Monday.
Franklin, a senior, had a career-high 217 yards rushing as the Bruins upset No. 16 Nebraska, 36-30, Saturday at the Rose Bowl. Franklin also added 59 yards receiving, including the game-clincing touchdown on a nine-yard reception with 54 seconds to play.
Franklin leads the nation with 431 yards rushing and has moved into seventh place on the school's all-time career rushing leaders list with 3,100 yards. He needs 632 more to pass Gaston Green for the top spot on that list.
Oregon State linebacker D.J. Welch is the conference defensive player of the week and Arizona kicker John Bonano was named special teams player of the week.
Franklin becomes the first UCLA player since kicker Chris Sailer in 1997 to earn conference player of the week honors in consecutive weeks, according to UCLA records. Sailer was special teams player of the week Oct. 4 and 11 of that year. Dating back to 1984, UCLA has not had a player earn offensive player of the week in consecutive weeks.