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December 3, 2012 | By Chris Foster
Running back Johnathan Franklin and linebacker Anthony Barr have been  named UCLA's offensive and defensive most valuable players. Franklin set a UCLA single-season rushing  record with 1,700 yards. He also set the school career rushing record with 4,369 yards. Barr moved from receiver to linebacker this season. His 13.5 sacks were the most in the nation. He also forced four fumbles and blocked a kick. Both players have one game remaining. UCLA plays Baylor in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
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January 6, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Brett Hundley thought about his future, thought long and hard over the past week and decided that another year as UCLA's quarterback would be in his best interest. Hundley announced Monday that he will hold off on declaring for the NFL draft one more year and would return to UCLA for his junior season. His motivation: team goals, as well as personal achievement. His return will probably push the Bruins into the preseason top 10. Hundley will also be in the Heisman Trophy discussion, something that UCLA officials will try to ensure with a campaign.
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December 26, 2012 | Patt Morrison
Johnathan Franklin has gone through a lot of nicknames. There's "Jet Ski" for his speed in his Pop Warner football days, and "Hollywood" for his season-two gig on the reality show "Baldwin Hills. " The latest handle for the UCLA star is "Mayor," because that's what he wants to be one day - the mayor of Los Angeles. The running back who's broken rushing records when he's on the field has cajoled his teammates into registering to vote when he's in the locker room. He plans to get to his personal goals the way he gets to the goal line: with focus.
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December 7, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley and offensive lineman Xavier Su'a-Filo will file paperwork to assess their NFL prospects. Underclassmen have until Jan. 15 to declare for the draft. “I'll take everything in, get evaluated, and talk with my family and others,” said Hundley, a third-year sophomore. “It's not just the draft evaluations. There are a lot of things that go into this.” Su'a-Filo, a junior, is also in the information-gathering stage. Both will consult with Coach Jim Mora, who spent 25 seasons in the NFL. "I have sat in on 25 drafts,” Mora said.
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October 9, 2012 | By Chris Foster, Los Angeles Times
UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin has shown some wear, but no tears, six games into the season. Franklin was slowed during the second half of a 43-17 loss to California on Saturday because of minor injuries, Coach Jim Mora said. Franklin had a bruised muscle in his calf and a bruised hand but still ran for 103 yards in 15 carries. He ranks seventh in the nation in rushing, averaging 133.33 yards per game. Franklin had only two carries in the fourth quarter against Cal. Of his 53 yards rushing in the second half, 26 came on one run early in the third quarter.
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April 27, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UC Green Bay? UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round of the NFL draft Saturday. He was the 125th player selected. Franklin will join UCLA teammate Datone Jones at Lambeau Field. Jones, a defensive end, was the Packers' first-round pick. Franklin set UCLA's single-season rushing record with 1,700 yards in 2012. He also set the school career rushing record with 4,403 yards. The buzz before the draft was that Franklin was on the rise and could go as high as the second round.
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September 9, 2012 | By Chris Foster
Running back Johnathan Franklin continued chasing UCLA's career rushing record held by Gaston Green, who gained 3,731 yards from 1984 to 1987. Franklin gained 217 yards Saturday to pass Theotis Brown into seventh-place on the all-time list. Franklin has 3,100 yards in three-plus seasons. Skip Hicks (1993-97) is sixth with 3,140 yards. It was the third 200-yard game of Franklin's career, tying him with Karim Abdul-Jabbar and Green for the most for a UCLA running back. Nebraska allowed only two runs longer than 30 yards last season.
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November 3, 2012 | By Chris Foster
Running back Johnathan Franklin didn't just break the UCLA all-time rushing record. He broke it in style. Franklin dipped and juked his way 37 yards for a touchdown on the Bruins' first possession against Arizona on Saturday. He eluded two defenders after taking the handoff, then left another Wildcat waving at air 10 yards downfield. The run allowed Franklin to pass the UCLA record of 3,731 yards, set by Gaston Green from 1984 to '87. UCLA Coach Jim Mora called timeout before the extra point so the crowd at the Rose Bowl could honor Franklin.
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April 17, 2009 | Chris Foster
The congestion in the UCLA backfield continues to have a bottleneck, with six tailbacks trying to force their way into the rotation. Johnathan Franklin has navigated his way into a spot where he may be a factor come the fall. A performance in this afternoon's scrimmage similar to one he put on in last Saturday's scrimmage can further his case. "My attitude has been to focus every day like it's a game," said Franklin, who was a redshirt as a freshman last fall.
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December 21, 2012 | By Chris Foster
There is a tremendous view from Johnathan Franklin's office. A throng of people pass by along Bruin Walk, that ribbon of concrete that separates the Morgan Center and Wooden Center on the UCLA campus. Franklin, the Bruins' senior running back, sits on the steps outside Wooden Center enjoying the scene. A student calls out to him. A few others give him a "hi-there" wave. A teammate, joking, asks that he pose for a photo. The sun is shining. It's a beautiful day. TIMELINE: College football 2012-13 bowl schedule This is where Franklin conducts business when not running through opposing defenses or visiting the Mattel Children's Hospital or finishing the final class to get his degree.
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November 6, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA running back Damien Thigpen showed he has fully recovered from knee surgery last week. He had 38 yards in four carries against Colorado on Saturday. Thigpen can expect his role to be increased. “He's definitely comfortable being the old Thiggy,” offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone said. Which means? “Some of those handoffs might go for 20 yards rather than four,” Mazzone said. Thigpen was a sleeper back at times last season, as teams were focused on Johnathan Franklin.
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November 2, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
As Brett Hundley sprinted the length of the Rose Bowl field to colorfully catapult into the chest of leaping teammate Devin Fuller above the cool autumn shadows, one could only wonder. Was the kid quarterback running to something, or from something? At this tenuous point in the second season of UCLA football's greatest hope, it's probably both. PHOTOS: UCLA defeats Colorado, 45-23 Hundley is furiously racing toward a big late-November stage and possible early NFL exit while desperately attempting to outrun the talk that he's not ready for either.
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October 2, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA plays Utah in Salt Lake City on Thursday night, and the Bruins are looking to end a string of poor showings in the state. Staff writer Chris Foster examines the story lines: Bad memory lane The answer is: receiver Derek Ayers. The question is: Who was the last player to score a touchdown for UCLA in the state of Utah? Ayers' 30-yard run on a reverse was the last score in the Bruins' 23-9 victory over Brigham Young in 1995. Since then, the Bruins have lost, 44-6 to Utah in 2007, 59-0 to BYU in 2008, and 31-6 to Utah in 2011.
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September 22, 2013 | Sam Farmer
What's the worst that could happen? The Green Bay Packers found out Sunday in one of the wildest sequences of Week 3. Protecting a three-point lead and hoping to get another score - and run out the clock with four minutes left - the Packers thought they had a first down at the Cincinnati 29. The Bengals challenged, however, and replays showed Green Bay was just short. So on fourth and inches at the 30, Packers rookie Johnathan Franklin took a handoff up the middle but was stopped and stripped of the ball.
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September 1, 2013 | Chris Foster
UCLA fans were given a treat Saturday ... the Bruins opened the season at home. This was the first time since 2009 the Bruins started the season in the Rose Bowl. They are tentatively scheduled to play Virginia on the road to begin the 2014 season. Prior to Saturday's game, UCLA had lost two of its last three openers. A UCLA official defended the decisions, saying, "We usually try to start the season at home every other year. "In the last couple of years, the pattern was starting at home in odd-numbered seasons.
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August 31, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
If the Bruins are coming, as the billboards scattered about town suggest, then they are not coming alone. In the UCLA football opener Saturday night at the sweltering Rose Bowl, this town's most precocious college football team proved that its arrival into this promising season will be accompanied by plenty of adjectives. Breathtaking is coming. Boisterous is coming. Brash is coming. If Saturday was any indication, a whole bunch of jaw-dropping and eye-popping is coming, as the 21st-ranked Bruins spun Nevada dizzy in a 58-20 victory that even turned the heart of its perpetually cranky coach.
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November 30, 2012 | By Gary Klein
PALO ALTO -- Johnathan Franklin appeared calm and composed as he took questions outside UCLA's locker room Friday night. However, the fifth-year senior running back acknowledged that tears had been flowing after the No. 17 Bruins lost to No. 8 Stanford, 27-24, in the Pac-12 Conference championship game at Stanford Stadium. The defeat meant the humble Franklin and fellow seniors would not finish their careers with an appearance in the Rose Bowl. "It's been a long time since I cried after a game," he said.
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August 25, 2009 | Chris Foster
UCLA tailback Johnathan Franklin doesn't play mind games when he runs. He darts one way, then another, then kicks in the speed. Nothing he can really explain. "I don't know, maybe I'll see my lineman's butt, or maybe green grass, or the defense move the other direction," Franklin said of his jitterbug style. "Rather than think about it, I just do what my instincts tell me." That style set him off on a 60-yard dart-and-dash touchdown run during Saturday's scrimmage. It was the centerpiece of a 99-yard performance that helped propel him into the No. 1 tailback spot during this morning's practice.
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August 28, 2013 | By Chris Foster
So much for “running back by committee.” A quartet has been reduced to a duet. As UCLA's season-opening game against Nevada creeps closer, the Bruins' backfield is getting trimmed down. Jordon James and Steven Manfro will get the majority of the work against the Wolf Pack on Saturday. “Jordon is our starter right now and Steven is our backup guy,” Coach Jim Mora said. “Those are the two guys we're going to ride most often.” Paul Perkins and Malcolm Jones will “have roles” Mora said, but “the majority of the reps will come from two guys.” The Bruins have to replace running back Johnathan Franklin, who is now with the Green Bay Packers.
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August 19, 2013 | By Chris Foster
There is one thing UCLA running back Jordon James won't accomplish this season. He won't become Johnathan Franklin. Franklin has yet to be placed entirely into the Bruins' history book. His presence is still felt in the program. Coach Jim Mora still fields questions about Franklin, who holds UCLA's season and career rushing records, and gives glowing endorsements as answers. "Johnathan had such great hands . . . " "Johnathan was so good inside the five . . . " "Johnathan did a great job taking care of the football . . . " Johnathan, Johnathan, Johnathan - it has that "Brady Bunch"-like cadence.
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