Franklin: An Interview with the All-Time Leading Rusher
Nov. 7, 2012
Johnathan Franklin became UCLA's all-time leading rusher in last week's game against Arizona. The redshirt senior surpassed Gaston Green's 25-year old record total of 3,731 yards on his third carry of the night, a 37-yard sprint to the end zone.
Franklin recorded the 17th 100-yard rushing game of his career on the record night and upped his rushing total to 3,873 yards. He is now tied with Freeman McNeil for second on the all-time school list for 100-yard games in a career, three back of Green's total of 20. Franklin currently ranks fourth in the nation in rushing (133.78 yds/g) and is second among players from BCS conference schools. He also ranks tied for 12th in the nation in all-purpose yardage (160.0) and has caught a career-high 20 passes on the year.
The senior's career all-purpose yardage total of 4,303 yards places him third on that school list with Maurice Jones-Drew's record mark of 4,688 yards in sight. Franklin's single-season rushing total of 1,204 yards is eighth on the all-time school list and Karim Abdul-Jabbar's 1,571 sum in 1995 is within reach.
UCLA plays at Washington State this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN 2. The Bruins will be at home for the final two contests of the season -- Nov. 17 - USC; Nov. 24 - Stanford. For ticket information call 310-UCLA-WIN or visit uclabruins.com/tickets.
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