WALNUT CREEK, Calif.- For the second week in a row, UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin has been named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week in football, the Conference announced on Monday.
Franklin, a senior from Los Angeles, Calif., rushed for a career-best 217 yards on on 26 carries (8.3 average) and hauled in three passes for 59 yards (19.6 average) and a touchdown in a 36-30 win over No. 16 Nebraska to earn his second-straight Pac-12 Player of the Week honor. He became the seventh Bruin to eclipse the 3,000-yard rushing mark and moved into seventh place on UCLA's all-time rushing list. Through two games this season, Franklin is the NCAA's leading rusher, averaging 215.5 yards per game.
Franklin earned the same honor last week after rushing for 214 yards on 15 carries (14.3 average) in a 49-24 win at Rice. He also tied his career high with three touchdowns in the Bruin victory.
Franklin becomes UCLA's first back-to-back Pac-12 weekly award winner since 1997, when kicker Chris Sailer was named Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week (Oct. 4 and Oct. 11). UCLA has not had the same player earn Pac-12 Offensive Player of Week honors in multiple weeks. UCLA last had back-to-back Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week selections in 1995 - Johnathan Ogden on Sept. 2 and Karim Abdul-Jabbar on Sept. 9. Last player to earn Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors in consecutive weeks was Stanford's Toby Gerhart - 2009 (Nov. 7, 14).
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