AUBURN, Ala. — The Tigers have a track record of bringing in successful junior college quarterbacks.
Cam Newton and Nick Marshall have heightened the opinion of those type of players around the Auburn community. The newest addition to the bunch came in the form of Netflix star John Franklin III.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn spoke highly of Franklin — he ran for 70 yards on four touches in last week’s win — on Wednesday’s SEC Teleconference.
“We’ve had a lot of success with junior college players here, especially at quarterback with Nick Marshall and Cam Newton,” Malzahn said. “We’ve had success with that. John Franklin is a guy that is still learning the offense. He’s got a great attitude. He’s an extremely hard worker. We really think that will carry him a long way.”
It’s not easy to smoothly transition a junior college transfer onto a team filled with players who committed to Auburn.
But the Tigers’ history of doing so has given Malzahn a better understanding of the effective methods necessary to make it work.
“A lot of it has to do with our atmosphere here, our team, our players,” Malzahn said. “Our players accept guys that come in and make them a part of the family right off the bat, make them feel comfortable. There’s no jealousy or anything. They’re a true team.”
What Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said
- Sumlin said Sean White and John Franklin III both “threw the ball extremely well” in Auburn’s win over Arkansas State. He’s right about White, of course. But Franklin? He didn’t throw a pass.
- He referred to Carl Lawson as a “very good pass rusher,” which is an accurate assessment.
- Texas A&M will prepare for Auburn’s offensive “system,” rather than a specific quarterback. Asked if he will prepare for all three: “Should I really tell you that?” Sumlin said.
- As much as he’s gotten questions about the passing game, Sumlin seems far more concerned with the threat of the Tigers power run game.