Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
Jordon James vying for the starting job
Johnathan Franklin won't be walking through that Bruins' locker room door anytime soon.
UCLA's all-time leading rusher has moved on to the NFL, meaning the amount of production he's brought to the table will not instantly be replaced, nor replicated.
However, there are some interesting options that exist at the position.
Damien Thigpen was Franklin's primary backup last season. He suffered a torn ACL against Southern Cal towards the end of the season and it's not exactly known whether or not he'll be back for the season opener against Nevada.
Without Thigpen, the next running back in line to potentially start could be Jordon James. Like Thigpen, James is a smaller, compact back with good quickness and speed. He was a bit tentative running the football last season, but that could have been due to an injury he had.
As the most experienced back who is healthy, James could have a leg up on the competition heading into the fall camp.
Paul Perkins is another option at the position. Redshirting last year as a freshman, he's very similar to Franklin in size. He might be more of an every-down back when compared to Thigpen and James.
The two remaining options are Malcolm Jones and Craig Lee.
A former Gatorade High School Player of the Year, Jones has underperformed during his collegiate career. After leaving the team last season, he's since rejoined. At this point, he's the big back in the rotation and could be solid in providing five to eight carries a game.
Lee is perhaps the most innately talented member of the group. He's got good size and great top-end speed, but it's unknown how the freshman will perform in camp.