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While the pistol offense needs a quarterback who's a running threat, it needs almost just as much running backs who can be credible threats on the ground. Without the defense fearing gashes of yards by the RBs, fakes won't work and the QB will have nowhere to run.
Luckily, UCLA has two of the best running backs in the Pac-12. There are few other backs conference teams would rather have in the flat than Johnathan Franklin, whose skill at getting to the second level gives he Bruins explosiveness on every handoff.
Despite having an inconsistent middle of the season, Franklin is still eighth in the conference with 70.6 yards per game on the ground.
If Franklin is quick-strike lightning, big Derrick Coleman has to be the Bruins' rumbling thunder. Completely deaf without his hearing aid, Coleman has been bruising in short yardage, scoring three touchdowns last week for nine on the year.
While he lacks Franklin's speed, Coleman can run better between the tackles, giving UCLA the physicality they need to convert short third downs.
The Bruins' rushing attack is second only to Oregon and Stanford in the Pac-12, and if they can continue to average over 187 yards per game, they will make the postseason.