UCLA’s Johnathan Franklin has been the most prolific football player in college football through the first two weeks of the season. Already, he’s accumulated 431 yards and, as we’ll repeat a million times, is being supported by fans in a Heisman campaign on Twitter (#Franklin4Heisman).
Franklin had a number of electric runs en route to 217 yards against Nebraska, and now, it seems people have taken notice. Watch seven of Johnathan Franklin’s best runs against Nebraska on Saturday:
All are electric and nearly all were when Franklin would have gone down in 2011. He’s become a much craftier runner over the offseason and looked it during UCLA’s Spring Game. What’s cool to note, though, is that while he’s elusive as hell and knows how to use his blockers extremely well, he also is incredible at breaking tackles and slipping through defenders’ grips, using subtle moves to escape being stopped for short runs.
On numerous occasions, Franklin swerves and twists his way out of defender’s grasps, and it’s a freaking thing of beauty. That’s reason number one that Franklin is college football’s leading rusher through two weeks, and his incredible improvement from last season — still a solid campaign, to be sure — is paying dividends.
The dude deserves discussion, and we’re glad people are taking notice. Everything we’ve said about Franklin over the offseason has come true, and we’re ecstatic that he’s living up to his potential.