In honor of National Signing Day today, in which UCLA is doing very well so far, today’s video spotlight is on the Bruins’ leading rusher of the past several years, Johnathan Franklin.
In 2010 the Los Angeles Dorsey High graduate became the first Bruin to rush for 1,000 yards since Chris Markey in 2006, and last year he led the team with 976 yards, narrowly missing the chance to be the first UCLA running back with consecutive 1,000 seasons since DeShaun Foster in 2000 and 2001.
His best game in 2011 was against Colorado, where he ran for a season-high 162 yards and a touchdown, and his 5.9 yards a carry last season was a career high.
It’s a very good thing that Franklin has decided to return for his senior season, not only to give the Bruins a legitimate threat at running back, but also because he needs to work on not fumbling the ball, which has been his achilles’ heel in Westwood.
Here’s a highlight clip of his exploits against Colorado at the Rose Bowl this year:
If UCLA is to contend in 2012, Franklin must have a good year; Bruin Nation will certainly see if he can rise to the occasion.