UCLA, Oregon tied among Pac-12 for most selections to Senior Bowl Watch List. Let the games begin.

UCLA’s Johnathan Franklin, Joseph Fauria, Sheldon Price, Datone Jones and Aaron Hester were selected to the Senior Bowl Watch List, the first of its kind. The list is represented by over 300 student-athletes and over 100 schools. UCLA is tied for most selections among the Pac-12. Oregon also had five players selected. The top 100 seniors in the country will be invited to participate in the 2013 Senior Bowl slated for Jan. 26 in Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium televised on the NFL Network. Invitations will be extended over the next few weeks and throughout the rest of the season. Below are some quick facts of the selected Bruins expected to have a breakout season.


#23 Johnathan Franklin
5’10, 205 pounds
Tidbit: Franklin is looking for a breakout year. He’s 1,062 yards away from becoming the school’s all-time rushing leader, a feat that currently belongs to Gaston Green. Franklin ranks ninth on the all-time UCLA rushing list and has produced 2,103 yards on the ground over the last two seasons. He has been named to the Doak Walker and Maxwell Award preseason watch lists.


#8 Joseph Fauria
6’7, 258 pounds
Tidbit: With NFL talent,it’s no wonder Fauria is listed on three award watch lists for the Lombardi, John Mackey and Ray Guy Award lists. He led the Bruins last season with six touchdown receptions, the most by a UCLA receiver since Marcedes Lewis had 10 in 2005. He was second on the team with 39 catches and 481 receiving yards.


#22 Sheldon Price
6’2, 185 pounds
Tidbit: Price started 12 games last year, 32 total in his career. He’s tied for 17th in the Pac-12 in passes defensed last season (0.67).


#56 Datone Jones
6’5, 280 pounds
Tidbit: Jones started all 14 games last season and topped the team with 6.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks. He led the defensive front with 41 tackles.


#21 Aaron Hester
6’1, 205 pounds
Tidbit: Hester ranked fourth on the team in tackles in 2011 and has 23 starts over the course of the last two seasons.

The Pac-12 is ranked fourth (31) among conferences with most selected to Watch List behind the SEC (71), Big 10 (46) and ACC (43). Here’s how the rest of the Pac-12 fared:

Arizona
WR Dan Buckner
FB Taimi Tutogi
QB Matt Scott

Arizona State
WR Jamal Miles

California
CB Marc Anthony
DT Aaron Tipoti

Oregon
LB Kiko Alonso
RB Kenjon Berner
S John Boyett
DE Dion Jordan
PT Jackson Rice

Southern California
QB Matt Barkley
OL Kahled Holmes
DE Wes Horton
S TJ McDonald

Washington
CB Desmond trufant

Washington State
DE Travis Long
QB Jeff Tuel

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  • John

    Miguel you are doing an awesome job, Thanks!
    You don’t need to respond to some of the comment section nonsense…as that usually just makes it worse as Haters and some lame Trojans will take every opportunity to ruin something that we Bruins like. Just delete the hater post; it would do us all a favor.

    JG Best of Luck to you…don’t let the haters represent all Bruins, You made some great contributions and for that we should all are thankful. Go Bruins!

    Have you seen the Herbie Award watch lists?
    SURPRISE PARTY: TEAMS
    1. Mississippi State
    2. Purdue
    3. Boise State (Chris Petersen!)
    4. Tennessee
    5. UCLA

    RODNEY DANGERFIELDS: PLAYERS WHO DON’T GET ENOUGH RESPECT
    1. David Amerson, NC State
    2. Geno Smith, West Virginia
    3. Johnathan Franklin, UCLA
    4. Chase Thomas, Stanford
    5. Bjoern Werner, Florida State

  • VB

    Have you guys seen the crappy new uniforms our boys will be sporting this year? We look like a Pee-Wee football team…

    http://i50.tinypic.com/25r0d8k.jpg

  • Anonymous

    For those that were wondering whether JG was coming back, the Twitter feed on the right makes it clear he’s moved on to some CBS PAC-12 blog.

    Miguel – You’re doing a great job, but tell the webmaster to get rid of all Gold references and start giving you some props. Switching the feed in the Twitter widget should take all of 2 seconds.

    -RB