Senior Bowl: Franklin 'all about practice'

UCLA senior running back Johnathan Franklin spoke with FOX Sports NEXT following practice at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

MOBILE, Ala. — It's been a who's who of the NFL at Ladd Peebles Stadium this week for the Senior Bowl, as over a 100 scouts, coaches, general managers, and even owners observe practices featuring the top seniors in the country.

Though it could be considered a daunting crowd to perform in front of, UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin says he doesn't feel any pressure.

"I'm playing for an audience of one and that's God," Franklin explained after practice. "All I can do is work as hard as I can and coaches are going to make their decisions regardless."

Franklin, an All-American his final season at UCLA, is crediting his late career success to the latest Bruin coaching staff led by Jim Mora.

"He totally changed the culture," Franklin said. "He placed the emphasis on toughness and discipline and with the offense giving a hit instead of taking a hit."

Mora, the former head coach of the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks, brought his NFL experience to UCLA giving Franklin an advantage when he stepped on the field Senior Bowl. Franklin's North team is coached by the Oakland Raiders staff.

"Our (UCLA) practice was so similar to this," Franklin, who officially weighed in at 5-foot-10 201-pounds, said. "It's about finishing, blocking, and going to the next level. (Mora) has done a great job and he's always available when I need to talk to him."

Though the coaching changes during Franklin's run as a Bruin proved challenging at times, it also provided experience playing in different systems which in turn is preparing him for the next step.

"I've played in every offense," he said. "Hopefully it works in my advantage."

Franklin is currently projected as a third-round draft pick.

Follow Lindsey Thiry on Twitter

BucsBlitz.com Recommended Stories


  • Peyton Manning emerged alone atop yet another category in the NFL record book tonight vs the Niners, as he tossed touchdown #509 under the national spotlight of Sunday Night Football (NBC). (Photo…

  • Former USC and NFL running back LenDale White added tons of drama to what was a relatively quiet Homecoming weekend for the Trojans.

  • Here’s a way to watch football and improve your golf swing at the same time. In your living room (or on the range), practice the one-minute golf swing, as shown in this video. Set the timer on your…

  • Dr. Roto, like many others, can't believe Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (pictured above) passed for over 300 yards and rushed for over 100 yards in the same game. First time that's ever happened…

  • As soon as those winds fall off, get into the stand! I always tell people you can't kill them if you aren't out, but if you want to try and pick an opportune time – this is it.