How do you follow up a 200-yard ground performance against Rice in Houston, winning Pac-12 player of the week in the process?
You run for another 200 yards, gain 42 percent of your team’s total offense and destroy a top-25 team and defense. And oh yeah, gain another Pac-12 player of the week mention. From CBS Sports:
#UCLA RB Johnathan Franklin Pac-12 offensive POY for second straight week. Oregon State’s DJ Welch (Def) & AZ K John Bonano also named.
— CBSSportsPac-12 (@CBSSportsPac12) September 10, 2012
This is an incredible streak, but a well-deserved one. No player in the country has been performing at the level that our Johnathan Franklin has. Not only is he UCLA’s brightest performer, but he’s also the nation’s leading rusher, accumulating 431 yards off of just 41 carries (an average of 10.5 yards per carry), to go along with 64 receiving yards and four touchdowns (through the air and ground).
We’ve already said that Franklin should be a Heisman contender, and the whispers are beginning to sound like Bruin roars. Indeed, fans have already begun a #Franklin4Heisman campaign on Twitter and people are noticing the kid from UCLA, the one who has been one of the most underrated running backs in the nation.
Franklin’s electric and he’s fun. Here’s to hoping for a third straight Player Of The Week victory.