UCLA's Franklin, OSU's Welch and UA's Bonano named Pac-12 players of the week

By the Pac-12 Conference

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Running back Johnathan Franklin of UCLA, linebacker D.J. Welch of Oregon State and kicker John Bonano of Arizona have been named Pac-12 football players of the week.

Franklin, a senior from Los Angeles, Calif., rushed for a career-best 217 yards on on 26 carries (8.3 average) and hauled in three passes for 59 yards (19.6 average) and a touchdown in a 36-30 win over No. 16 Nebraska to earn his second-straight Pac-12 Player of the Week honor. He became the seventh Bruin to eclipse the 3,000-yard rushing mark and moved into seventh place on UCLA's all-time rushing list. Through two games this season, Franklin is the NCAA's leading rusher, averaging 215.5 yards per game.

Welch, a sophomore from Palm Desert, Calif., tied for the team lead with seven tackles, including two tackles for loss (8 yards) in a 10-7 win over No. 13 Wisconsin. Oregon State's defense held the Badgers to 207 yards of total offense, including just 35 rushing yards, and kept Wisconsin running back Montee Ball out of the end zone, snapping a 21-game touchdown streak for the 2011 Heisman finalist.

Bonano, a senior from Salinas, Calif., was perfect in the kicking game and scored a career-high 15 points in a 59-38 win over No. 18 Oklahoma State. He converted field goals of 22 yards, 24 yards, and 46 yards and was 6-6 on PAT attempts. Bonano kicked off 11 times, logging 4 touchbacks and contributing Oklahoma State's average starting field position at their own 24 yard-line.

Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running backs Ka'Deem Carey of Arizona, Isi Sofele of California, Christian Powell of Colorado and Kenjon Barner of Oregon, wide receiver Robert Woods of USC, tight end Chris Coyle of Arizona State and quarterback Sean Mannion of Oregon State. Also nominated on defense were linebackers Carlos Mendoza of Arizona State, J.P. Hurrell of California, Dion Bailey of USC and Trevor Reilly of UTAH, defensive backs Jared Tevis of Arizona, Brian Jackson of Oregon and Ed Reynolds of Stanford and defensive end Datone Jones of UCLA. Also nominated for special teams play were kickers Alex Garoutte of Arizona State, Alex Wood of USC and Andrew Furney of Washington State, punter Sean Sellwood of Utah and punt returners Keenan Allen of California and Drew Terrell of Stanford.

2012 Pac-12 Football Players of the Week
Date Offense Defense Special Teams
Sept. 3 Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA Jake Fischer, LB, ARIZ Marqise Lee, WR/PR, USC
Sept. 10 Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA D.J. Welch, LB, OSU John Bonano, PK, ARIZ


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