John Franklin III has attempted only 26 passes in his Auburn career but the “Last Chance U” star attracts more attention nationally than the vast majority of college backups. With that said, Franklin III recently spoke to James Crepea of AL.com about his thought process after being beat out for the starting QB job at Auburn and transitioning to wide receiver on a full-time basis.
“Transferring is a tough process and to be bouncing around from school to school, that’s the last thing I wanted to do, to be honest. Transferring was the last option because it takes a lot out of you. This is my third school and trying to make it a fourth? Four schools in five years doesn’t look good for anybody.
“Transferring wasn’t really an option. I had to figure out what I was going to do for this last year and me, coach Malzahn and (offensive coordinator Chip) Lindsey sat down and came up with a plan. It’s working out for the best right now.”
It remains to be seen if Franklin III can make real progress as a wide receiver option but the young player seems to have the right motivations as he pursues the remainder of his football career. It should be noted that Franklin III recently graduated from Auburn and, if things go sideways, he could transition back to the quarterback spot in a hurry given his vast talent.