John Franklin III came to Auburn prior to last season with intentions on becoming the next star at quarterback for the Tigers. That didn’t work out, as he struggled to gain rhythm and was extremely inconsistent in the passing game.
SEC Network analyst Jordan Rodgers thinks Franklin might have caused some major chemistry problems as well within the locker room.
“I believe he was a cancer in the quarterback room because I believe he thought he was the most talented quarterback and should be playing the position when it was obvious he didn’t have the arm to execute that offense,” Rodgers said on Thursday.
Sean White ended up winning the starting job, but Franklin saw playing time early on in the season, with head coach Gus Malzahn employing a questionable strategy of playing three quarterbacks – the other one being Jeremy Johnson — in the season opening loss to Clemson.
When White was unable to play in the first half against Vanderbilt, Franklin received another chance to show his ability. It did not go well. The Tigers offense was seemingly handcuffed with Franklin behind center, and the play calling exemplified that, as he attempted only four passes, completing just two of them for a mere nine yards.
During the offseason, Franklin made the move to receiver. With his speed and athleticism, Rodgers could see Franklin shining at his new position.
“Him as a receiver, dedicated as a receiver, brings you a very skilled athlete if they can find ways to get him the ball,” Rodgers said.