Top performances 2012: Johnathan Franklin

February, 11, 2013
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We're looking at some of the top individual performances in the Pac-12 in 2012.

Up next: Franklin, Bruins rising

Who and against whom: Johnathan Franklin provided a strong hint at his and the Bruins return to relevance in a 36-30 victory over No. 16 Nebraska.

The numbers: Franklin rushed for 217 yards on 26 carries -- 8.3 yards per rush -- and caught three passes for 59 yards, including a 9-yard TD, the Bruins final score.

A closer look: UCLA started the season with only middling expectations. Many were skeptical of new coach Jim Mora. This victory, one in which the Bruins asserted themselves in the second half on both sides of the ball, raised eyebrows nationally and hinted that the program was ready for a legitimate turnaround. There were a number of notable performances for UCLA, including redshirt freshman QB Brett Hundley completing 21 of 33 passes for 304 yardS with four touchdowns and no interceptions in his first home start. That certainly deserves honorable mention, as does DE Datone Jones' thunderous sack of QB Taylor Martinez, which broke a 27-27 tie with a safety. But what stood out was Franklin running hard. He was fast -- see a 54-yard scamper -- physical, and a weapon in the passing game, looking like the complete back he'd only hinted out in previous years.

You can check out some of the other top performances here.

Ted Miller | email

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