Describe your first day of practice at the Senior
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.
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?
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
Tell me more about the impact that your head coach
Jim Mora Jr had on the team last year.
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
What are your strengths?
I am my biggest critic. I feel that I need to work
on everything. I need to work on every aspect of my
What is the highlight of your football career up to
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.
Describe your teammate DE Datone Jones.
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.
Where are you training for the NFL Draft?
I am at API in LA.
What are your hobbies?
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.
Finish the sentence, Johnathan Franklin is….
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.