Johnathan Franklin named one of three Doak Walker Award finalists

Stephen Dunn

The UCLA Bruins senior is a finalist for the award given to the top running back in the nation.

UCLA Bruins running back Johnathan Franklin was named one of the three finalists for the Doak Walker Award on Monday.

The award is given to college football's top running back. The senior is joined by Wisconsin Badger senior Montee Ball and Oregon Ducks senior Kenjon Barner.

Franklin has rushed 1,441 yards on 228 attempts with 10 touchdowns. He also has 26 receptions good for 290 yards and two more touchdowns. He is fifth in the college world in total rushing yards, despite only having the 14th-most rushing attempts. He is UCLA's all-time rushing leader with 4,110 yards over his career.

Franklin opened the 2012 season rushing over 200 yards in back-to-back games. He has failed to eclipse 100 rushing yards just three times this season.

The Bruins clinched the top spot in the Pac-12 South with a 6-2 record and have one game remaining against the Stanford Cardinal.

The winner of the Doak Walker Award will be revealed on Dec. 6 as part of the Home Depot College Awards ceremony on ESPN at 4:30 p.m. PT.

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