Johnathan Franklin came to UCLA in 2008 as part of a class that featured a crowded backfield. Franklin wasnt even listed as a back of any sort running, tail or otherwise. The Dorsey High product came to UCLA as a safety.
In five seasons as a Bruin, Franklin went from an undersized, speedy scatback to a polished and dominant tailback that now holds the schools all-time rushing and all-purpose yards records. Franklin smashed Gaston Greenes old mark of 3,731 with 4,369 yards. Maurice Jones-Drews name was moved down in favor of Franklins 4,887 yards.
As Franklin preps for his final game as a Bruin in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl, he reflected on the roller coaster ride that his been his time in Westwood. The realization that it is finally ending is starting to hit him.
Ill probably be crying before and after the game, Franklin said. Its been our best football season that (the seniors) have had collectively.
In five seasons at UCLA, Franklin has been reviled and loved. Fra...