Johnathan Franklin Interview
Sr / UCLA / RB

Updated - 3-18-13

By: Alex Khvatov


Alex Khvatov:  Describe your first day of practice at the Senior Bowl.

Johnathan Franklin:  I think that offensively we had a pretty good day.  We just have to be more consistent tomorrow.  But it was good to be around the game of football again.


Alex Khvatov:  You became UCLA’s all-time leading rusher last year while embarking on a huge senior campaign.  What was the biggest difference for you last season?

Johnathan Franklin:  Jim Mora Jr made a huge difference.  He definitely changed the mindset of our team.  He emphasized discipline and toughness.  He set great expectations for us in the beginning of the season.  I was blessed to have a great offensive line.  Wide receivers were being unselfish and made big blocks downfield.


Alex Khvatov:  Tell me more about the impact that your head coach Jim Mora Jr had on the team last year.

Johnathan Franklin:  He set high expectations for us.  He demanded things from us.  He wanted us to practice hard every day or not at all.  It was great.  He allowed everyone to maximize their potential and find out who they really were.        


Alex Khvatov:  What are your strengths?

Johnathan Franklin:  I am my biggest critic.  I feel that I need to work on everything.  I need to work on every aspect of my game.


Alex Khvatov:  What is the highlight of your football career up to this point?

Johnathan Franklin:  We had a family atmosphere at UCLA being with guys like Datone (Jones) and my other teammates.  I mean that.  We were a family.  It is amazing.  A lot of guys were texting me before I got here.  Half of the team will probably be at my wedding.  I will miss them so much.  I love them.


Alex Khvatov:  Describe your teammate DE Datone Jones.

Johnathan Franklin:  He is an animal. He is really a freak.  I have never seen anyone that size with so much athletic ability.  He also works hard.  He is a great guy.  He is humble with great character.  I admire him in a lot of ways.   


Alex Khvatov:  Where are you training for the NFL Draft? 

Johnathan Franklin:  I am at API in LA. 


Alex Khvatov:  What are your hobbies?

Johnathan Franklin:  I am a praying man.  I love to get into my Bible when I get the opportunity.  I am a family man as well.  I have a nephew and two nieces.  I like to spend time with my little brother.


Alex Khvatov:  Finish the sentence, Johnathan Franklin is….

Johnathan Franklin:  I am a man of God on and off-the-field.  I am a very passionate person.  I love to impact lives and be a role model for others.     


Discuss this on our Message Boards