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Sep 11, 2012 7:00 PM by Lauren Molenburg

Heisman watch

Heisman Trophy contenders come and go in September. Remember Tate Forcier's first few games at Michigan?

UCLA tailback Johnathan Franklin is a player worth keeping an eye on. The senior leads the nation in rushing with 431 yards after ripping through Nebraska for 217. He is averaging 10.5 yards per carry for the No. 22 Bruins.

Franklin has been a good player on a mediocre team the past couple of seasons. He ran for 976 yards and 5.9 per carry last season, as the Bruins unraveled in coach Rick Neuheisel's last season. In 2010, he ran for 1,127 yards, 5.3 per carry and eight touchdowns.

With redshirt freshman Brett Hundley providing new coach Jim Mora the best looking quarterback UCLA has had since Cade McNown, defenses won't be able to stack up against Franklin and the Bruins could win enough games to keep the tailback in the Heisman conversation all season.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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