Entering his final season at Auburn, former junior college transfer John Franklin III appears willing to do whatever is asked of him to make a contribution to the team, even if that includes moving to another position.
While the transition would certainly be hard to make for any college athlete, Franklin has embraced the move by dropping multiple hype videos of himself working hard to craft his skills at receiver. Here’s his latest video, which he tweeted out Thursday:
That video followed this one, which was released Wednesday:
— John Franklin III (@jf3_5) March 15, 2017
After being pegged by many as the likely starting quarterback for the Tigers last offseason, Franklin failed to contribute in any meaningful way with his arm, doing most of his damage for Auburn with his legs. With Jarrett Stidham now on the team after transferring in from Baylor and taking as many reps with the first-team offense as possible with Sean White sidelined for the spring, Franklin had little shot at competing for the starting role in Chip Lindsey’s offense. When you add in the spring emergence of redshirt freshman Woody Barrett, who coaches will likely give every opportunity to gain reps this spring, transitioning outside of the pocket was the natural move for Franklin.
Although, we likely haven’t seen the last of Franklin at quarterback, as he indicated with his hashtag of Slash2.0, don’t be surprised when Auburn uses him all over the field this fall – including taking snaps at quarterback.
Despite his inability to make a splash as Auburn’s starting quarterback last season, maybe Franklin can finally live up to the hype as a slash receiver on the Plains.
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