Thursday, October 25, 2012
3-point stance: Franklin started too fast
By Ivan Maisel
1. Boy, does UCLA senior Johnathan Franklin need to learn how to keep national attention. Franklin leads the Pac-12 in rushing with 125.4 yards per game. But Franklin made the mistake of starting out as if he planned to accept the Heisman before Election Day. First two games: 41 carries, 431 yards, 10.5 per carry. Next five games: 89 carries, 447 yards, 5.0 per carry. That’s why Heisman voters can’t remember who he is. Johnathan, never tease the media by starting like that. Then we expect it every week.
2. The Campbell Trophy finalists announced Wednesday by the National Football Foundation is the most star-studded in recent memory, a sign that some very talented players spurned the NFL to return for their senior seasons. USC quarterback Matt Barkley, Alabama center Barrett Jones, and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o -- all members of the ESPN preseason All-America team -- lead the group of 15 seniors (10 FBS, five lower divisions), each of whom receives an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship.
3. Wyoming suspended head coach Dave Christensen this week for his postgame tirade against Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun on Oct. 13. The 38-second video that captured it (thanks, YouTube) reveals the stress under which college head coaches operate. What Christensen did lacked class and embarrassed the university. But if you see more than that, if you see the guy who lost by a point, the guy who coached his fifth consecutive game decided by a touchdown and lost four of them, you know what I mean.