Dec. 11, 2012
Several Bruins earned recognition as the Associated Press and SportsIllustrated.com (si.com) released their All-America teams on Tuesday. Senior running back Johnathan Franklin and junior linebacker Anthony Barr were each selected to the second-team of both entities. Sophomore guard Xavier Su'a-Filo was a third-team selection by the Associated Press and an honorable mention pick by si.com. The Sports Illustrated honorable mention squad also included senior punter Jeff Locke.
Franklin, a finalist for the Doak Walker Award, became UCLA's all-time leader in all-purpose yardage during the Pac-12 Championship game. He also set a new mark for single-season rushing during the contest at Stanford and now has 1,700 yards on the year. Earlier this season, he became the all-time rushing leader at the school and currently has 4,369 yards.
Barr, who is playing his first season on the defensive side of the ball after two as a running back, recorded 1.5 sacks in the Championship game and moved into the national lead with 13.5 sacks. That total is second on the all-time school list for a season behind Dave Ball's total of 16.5, set in 2003.
Su'a-Filo, who returned to the team following a two-year Church mission, has been opening holes for Franklin and protecting quarterback Brett Hundley well all season.
Locke leads the Pac-12 with 31 punts placed inside the twenty-yard line this season, including 20 at or inside the 10-yard line.
In other news, Collegefootballnews.com released its Freshman All-American teams earlier in the week. Center Jake Brendel was named to the second-team. Quarterback Hundley and offensive tackles, Simon Goines and Torian White each received honorable mention.
In addition, Franklin, Su'a-Filo, Locke and Barr were each named to Phil Steele's 2012 Postseason All-Pac-12 first-team. Senior guard Jeff Baca, sophomore linebacker Eric Kendricks and senior defensive lineman Datone Jones were listed on the second-team. Third-team selections included junior wide receiver Shaquelle Evans, junior kick returner Damien Thigpen and freshman punt returner Steven Manfro.
Some Bruin notes from the NFL this past week - Arizona - DL David Carter started and made five tackles, one for loss ; Carolina - DL Nate Chandler also saw action and recorded a quarterback hurry ; Cleveland - LS Christian Yount saw action this week ; Denver - WR Matthew Willis made one catch for 19 yards last week Rahim Moore was credited with four tackles ; Indianapolis - LB Justin Hickman was placed on injured reserve ; Jacksonville - RB Maurice Jones-Drew was not active this week, due to injury, TE Marcedes Lewis caught a pass for four yards, LB Kyle Bosworth saw action; San Diego - OT Mike Harris was not in action this week ; Tennessee - LB Akeem Ayers made two tackles, one for loss , CB Alterraun Verner made two tackles, one, a tackle for loss ; Washington - TE Logan Paulsen started and caught a pass for eight yards Kai Forbath kicked the game-winning field goal in overtime from 34-yards out and made two earlier kicks from 48- and 49-yards ; Minnesota - P Chris Kluwe averaged 45.7 yards on seven punts ; New England - WR Matthew Slater made one tackle; Dallas - DL Kenyon Coleman has been put on injured reserve. Baltimore - LB Brendon Ayanbadejo started and made seven tackles; NY Jets - Kahlil Bell saw action; Seattle - has added RB Derrick Coleman to the practice squad.
The Bruins will be in action on Dec. 27 against Baylor in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl in San Diego, CA. For further information on UCLA and the Holiday Bowl, please visit our Bowl Central page at http://www.uclabruins.com/bowlcentral.