Monday, September 10, 2012
Player of the Week: Pac-12
By Kevin Gemmell
UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin continues to impress.
After an outstanding performance against Rice on the road in Week 1, where he rushed for 214 yards and three touchdowns, he one-upped himself by rushing for 217 yards against No. 16 Nebraska. He also had three catches for 59 yards and a touchdown in helping the Bruins to a 36-30 win over the Cornhuskers.
Through two weeks, Franklin leads the nation in rushing with 431 yards and a whopping 10.5 yards per carry. He's taken the pressure off of rookie quarterback Brett Hundley and seems to be thriving under new head coach Jim Mora and new offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone.
UCLA, which is starting three freshmen offensive linemen, has been extremely potent on offense through the first two weeks. The Bruins rank second in the country in rushing yards -- averaging 343.5 per game on the ground. They totaled 646 yards of total offense against Rice and 653 against Nebraska.