Chew on This: UCLA’s Johnathan Franklin listed 4th on ESPN’s Heisman Watch Poll.

Well, that didn’t take long. Just one day after asking on here of it was too early to talk Heisman, UCLA’s Johnathan Franklin breaks into ESPN’s Heisman Watch poll at No. 4. Three of the top five candidates hail from the Pac-12 Conference. Meanwhile, it seems Franklin can’t even break into the Heisman Pundint’s top 10 poll.

ESPN Experts’ Poll
Sept. 11, 2012
Name Position School Year 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Total

Matt Barkley QB USC Sr. 12 1 1 1 0 69
Geno Smith QB West Virginia Sr. 2 10 1 1 0 55
De’Anthony Thomas RB Oregon So. 0 2 6 2 1 31
Johnathan Franklin RB UCLA Sr. 0 1 3 2 0 17
Le’Veon Bell RB Michigan State Jr. 0 0 1 3 2 11
Marqise Lee WR USC So. 1 0 1 0 1 9
Jarvis Jones LB Georgia Jr. 0 1 0 1 2 8
Collin Klein QB Kansas State Sr. 0 0 0 2 2 6
Marcus Lattimore RB South Carolina Jr. 0 0 1 1 1 6
Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville So. 0 0 1 0 0 3
Braxton Miller QB Ohio State So. 0 0 0 1 1 3
DeAndre Hopkins WR Clemson Jr. 0 0 0 0 2 2
Landry Jones QB Oklahoma Sr. 0 0 0 1 0 2
Kenjon Barner RB Oregon Sr. 0 0 0 0 1 1
Tyler Bray QB Tennessee Jr. 0 0 0 0 1 1
Aaron Murray QB Georgia Jr. 0 0 0 0 1 1

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  • J-Money

    That 2nd poll hasn’t been updated as of week 2. Probably explains why

  • VB

    It is baffling to me that the athletic department does not have any plans to market Franklin for the Heisman Trophy. Matt Barkley has billboards and banners in Times Square, but Franklin cannot get any promotion from his own school. Pretty pathetic.

    Oh, I forgot, Donut Dan’s main goal was to “get UCLA back to the Top 25.” MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, I guess. Now Dan can kick his feet back and brag to the fans about his fantastic head football coach hire. Nevermind the fact that we can market the crap out of our best player to try to bring a Heisman trophy home to Westwood.

    Morgan Center is a complete joke, and this is another example of why. Such a shame.

  • Anonymous

    Nestor, is that you?

  • anonymous

    It looks like Nestor is at it again.

  • Anonymous

    Can’t be Nestor — too many letters, prepositions, and conjunctions intact.


  • Nacho El Carnicero

    VB, Morgan Center doesn’t have to worry about starting a campaign for Franklin. The inbred half-wits at BN are already taking credit for starting the Heisman campaign for Jonathan Franklin:

    “Immediately after Jet Ski scored the clinching TD on Saturday night we told Heisman voters to take note of the Jet Ski.”

  • txbruin

    The fellas at are unreasonable. How is a university that that’s dramatically raised the cost of tuition and an athletic department that’s bleeding money going to justify the cost of a Heisman campaign? I love my alma mater, college football, and appreciate Jonathan Franklin’s accomplishments on the gridiron, but I’d personally lose respect for UCLA if they spend money on a Heisman campaign.

  • UB – Ultimate Bruin

    I sometimes find it hard to believe the naivity of some of the posters to this blog. First, the UCLA Athletic Department has an approved budget for marketing. Whatever that amount may be? (“X” dollars for 2012.) Like business enterprises, the Ad must decide where it is best to spend those dollars so as to create the best ROI for that investment. When a business has a “hot” item that is getting some buzz, it is SOUND BUSINESS JUDGMENT to adjust the direction of your advertising — within the established budget — in order to maximize the ROI. In business, you are constantly reevaluating where you put your money as the CONDITIONS ON THE GROUND change. Sometimes, you even ADJUST THE BUDGET (increase or decrease) depending on the situation. Right now, it may be premature to INCREASE the budget, or even divert a small amount of the existing budget. But, it is a SOUND USE OF RESOURCES (non-monetary) to get the SID to start and email campaign. Start pumping up JF23 top create a buzz. Comment about it to the Beat Writers. DO SOMETHING !! Instead, we get a stupid azz statement that “We don’t know we must wait see but when it the time is right maybe you know then we will if the time can come” Now, I meant to type that drivel because it is the equivalent to what we have heard so far. When you have a senior running back that leads the team in total yards and yards per carry, it is OK to at least comment upon that and say, “If he keeps this up, he should be considered. Yada yada.” What’s wrong with getting the word out to the voters/sportswriters/etc. that they should TAKE NOTICE of the young lad.

  • sigh

    coach mora prefers that no players be marketed individually as it detracts from the overall team concept. note that even the ucla tickets no longer feature individual players, but generic logos; the promotional poster being given out this year has no player numbers on it. these aren’t accidents.

    mora’s team-first attitude is obviously not shared by the folks an BN. shocker. glad to hear they’re taking credit for something that the head coach actively dislikes, though.

  • spedjones

    Franklin is a beast so far, but Lee and Mamba are the two most explosive players in college football.

  • Reformed Droog

    Someone check my meds – I agree with everything UB just said…