The first week of UCLA’s football season saw Johnathan Franklin emerge from undeserved obscurity, bursting onto the scene of top-tier running backs in the Pac-12, after taking Rice for a ride with 212 yards off 14 carries to go along with three touchdowns.
Of course, with those kinds of numbers and that kind of efficiency, someone’s bound to take notice, and it’s incredibly unlikely that a player had as good of a game as Franklin did in the Pac-12.
That assumption has proven correct, because now, Franklin has been named the Pac-12 Offensive Player Of The Week. Check it, from CBS Sports Pac-12′s Twitter (run by Jon Gold, of Inside UCLA fame):
You’re Pac-12 players of the week are: Off: UCLA’s Johnathan Franklin. Def: Arizona LB Jake Fischer. Special Teams: USC’s Marqise Lee.
— CBSSportsPac-12 (@CBSSportsPac12) September 3, 2012
Aside from the egregious grammar mistake (“you’re”? Really?), this is great news. It validates the kind of game we think Franklin had, even if people think we’re crazy to include him in that top-tier of running backs nationally just “because it’s Rice.”
Overall, it was an amazing performance, and one that needs to be damn near replicated if Johnathan Franklin is to repeat, especially against a tough Nebraska team.
For now, let’s enjoy the accolades that come with winning our first game the way we were supposed to.