Auburn football: John Franklin III heads home to Florida and another position battle is settled
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John Franklin III headed home
When John Franklin III recently spoke with media he said transferring was something he didn’t spend much time thinking about.
Still, things change and the former quarterback and “Last Chance U” star is leaving the Auburn football program. The graduate transfer is returning home to play for former Alabama QBs coach Lane Kiffin at Florida Atlantic University.
Auburn QB-turned-WR John Franklin III to transfer, updated w/ statement from Gus Malzahn https://t.co/Afy2Ztgsq9
— Lauren Shute (@LShute13) August 15, 2017
Franklin, from Fort Lauderdale, posted this message on Instagram to Auburn family and fans. Gus Malzahn also released a statement Franklin all the best and calling him an “outstanding” man.
In other Auburn football news:
- Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele is preparing Auburn’s freshmen to help the first-team defense this year.
- Auburn’s offensive players are getting special preparation in getting to go against Jamel Dean in practice.
- Ian Shannon is “locked in” to the starting punter job.
- Lane Kiffin is pretty excited about getting QB John Franklin III.
Punter in place
Auburn made another important decision when Ian Shannon was named the starting punter on Tuesday afternoon.
This was a position that was very important to Malzahn, who had voiced his concern about the kicking game repeatedly in recent weeks.
Kicker Daniel Carlson will be able to focus on his own job as Shannon takes over punting. And he’ll be ready to roll. Shannon said Malzahn has been especially focused on special teams this fall camp and has put him through situations that will help the Marietta, Ga., native in 2017.
— Jeff Shearer (@jeff_shearer) August 16, 2017
Tweet of the day
We’re talking ’bout practice, y’all. Practice.
Pre practice vibes 🎶
— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) August 15, 2017
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