Dec. 6, 2012
Orlando, Fla. - As one of the finalists for the Doak Walker Award, UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin was in Florida on Thursday to attend the ESPN College Football Awards show.
Wisconsin's Montee Ball was the 2012 recipient of the Doak Walker Award, which is given annually to the top running back in the nation. Ball was also a finalist in 2011. Franklin and Oregon's Kenjon Barner were finalists.
Franklin, a senior from Los Angeles, was the central focus of UCLA's offense in 2012, helping the team to a Pac-12 South Division title and a spot in the Pac-12 Championship game. He broke the school's career rushing record in a win over Arizona and enters the Holiday Bowl with 4,369 yards for his career. He also broke the school's single-season rushing record in the Pac-12 Championship game, rushing for 1,700 yards this season. He has scored 13 touchdowns for the 9-4 Bruins.
In addition to the Doak Walker Award, the awards handed out at the Home Depot College Football Awards are the Maxwell Award (most outstanding player), the Chuck Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year), the Biletnikoff Award (most outstanding wide receiver), the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award (most outstanding placekicker), the Ray Guy Award (most outstanding punter), the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award (best quarterback), the Outland Trophy (most outstanding interior lineman) and the Jim Thorpe Award (most outstanding defensive back).