Nov. 13, 2012
Running back Johnathan Franklin, UCLA's all-time leading rusher, has been selected as one of 15 "Players to Watch" for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. The Walter Camp Award is the fourth-oldest college football award in the nation.
Franklin moved past Gaston Green's 25-year old school rushing record against Arizona and is now ranked sixth in the nation in rushing (127.0). In his last three games, he has 392 rushing yards (130.7 average) and four touchdowns. He has also made eight receptions, one for touchdown. Franklin's career total of 3,939 yards ranks tied for fourth among active FBS players. The senior ranks third on UCLA's career-all purpose yardage list at 4,414 yards. His season total of 1,270 yards is seventh on that school list.
The 2012 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, who is voted on by the Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be presented on Thursday, December 6 on ESPN. The winner will receive his trophy at the Walter Camp Foundation's annual national awards banquet on January 12, 2013 at the Yale University Commons.
Walter Camp, "The Father of American Football," first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp was a former Yale University athlete and football coach. He is credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side.
Below is an alphabetical list of the 2012 Walter Camp Player of the Year "Players to Watch" -- Montee Ball, Wisconsin RB; Matt Barkley, USC, QB; Kenjon Barner, Oregon RB; Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville QB; Taj Boyd, Clemson QB; Colby Cameron, Louisiana Tech QB; Johnathan Franklin UCLA RB; Jarvis Jones, Georgia, LB; Collin Klein, Kansas State QB; Marqise Lee, USC WR; EJ Manuel, Florida State QB; Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M QB; AJ McCarron, Alabama QB; Braxton Miller, Ohio State QB; Manti Te'o, Notre Dame LB. For further information on the award go to waltercamp.org.