Pac-12: Jonathan Franklin
Also, Barkley talks about how the Trojans have adjusted to life under sanctions and looks ahead to the 2011 season.
And UCLA senior running back Jonathan Franklin talks about being on the Doak Walker watch list, how he got the nickname "Jet Ski," and says his goal is to win the Heisman Trophy this season.
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
The Pac-10 didn't have to look too hard to find its players of the week.
California tailback Jahvid Best, Washington linebacker Donald Butler and Washington kicker Erik Folk were easy choices.
Best tied the Pac-10 single-game record by rushing for five touchdowns in California’s 35-21 road win at Minnesota. He rushed 26 times for 131 yards (5.0), including scoring runs of 33, 2, 27, 2 and 2 yards.
Butler posted a game-high 12 tackles, 10 solo, including two tackles for loss (-7), forced a fumble deep in Husky territory and had an interception. The Washington defense limited USC to 0-for-10 on third-down conversion attempts and forced three Trojan turnovers, two of them by Butler.
Butler also has been named National Defensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
Folk kicked the game-winning field goal from 22 yards out with three seconds left in the game to provide Washington’s margin of victory. On the day, he was 3-3 on field goal attempts, also connecting from 28 and a career-long 46 yards, and made his only PAT attempt to account for 10 of the Huskies’ 16 points.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running backs LaMichael James of Oregon, Toby Gerhart of Stanford and Jonathan Franklin of UCLA and quarterbacks Danny Sullivan of Arizona State and Jake Locker of Washington. Also nominated on defense were linebackers Myron Beck of Washington State, Spencer Paysinger of Oregon, Travis Goethel of Arizona State and Mike Mohamed of California, end Thomas Keiser of Stanford and cornerbacks Alterraun Verner of UCLA and Trevin Wade of Arizona. Also nominated for special teams play were tackle Brandon Bair of Oregon, kick returners Chris Owusu of Stanford and Omar Bolden of Arizona State and kicker Kai Forbath of UCLA.
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
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- Tough times for a pair of former Arizona players trying to make it in the NFL.
- Arizona State gets a commitment from a running back.
- Reviewing California's receiving corps, and there is a lot to consider. Former quarterback Nate Longshore is still looking for an NFL home.
- An "O no!" over the Oregon O ... bet this litigious person is a blast at parties.
- Everything you want to know about Oregon State's special quarterback situation is right here. No whining allowed on the Oregon State offensive line.
- Stanford's players are smart.
- Whatever happened to former UCLA quarterback Pat Cowan? Is Jonathan Franklin UCLA's best running back? At least there's competition.
- USC's coaching staff is better than it was last year.
- Hey, check out video of Washington's new uniforms.
- Despite a sub-par APR score, Washington State escaped NCAA penalty.
- There are money issues throughout the Pac-10 due to the economic downturn.