It’s only February, but outgoing Auburn wide receiver Ricardo Louis already has an idea about who will be the Tigers’ starting quarterback next season.
From AL.com’s Brandon Marcello:
Outgoing WR Ricardo Louis, on Periscope, says JF3 is going to be good, but "I think Jeremy (Johnson) is going to start though."
— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) February 8, 2016
“JF3” is junior-college transfer John Franklin III, who will compete for the starting quarterback job with Johnson, sophomore Sean White, redshirt freshman Tyler Queen and incoming freshman Woody Barrett.
“He (Franklin) is going to get a chance to win the job,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said when he addressed the media on signing day. “Our quarterback position is wide open.”
Auburn’s passing attack declined last season, as Johnson and White alternated in and out of the lineup. Johnson was benched prior to the fourth game of the season, but an injury to White opened the door for him to start the final four games of the regular season. White returned to start the season finale in Auburn’s Birmingham Bowl victory, but Johnson came on in the second half to lead the Tigers to the win.
Malzahn and his staff had success in recruiting receivers who should help revitalize the team’s passing game. Auburn signed three players in the top 20 of the 247Sports composite wide receiver rankings in Kyle Davis (No. 2), Nate Craig-Myers (No. 5) and Eli Stove (No. 20).
Now, the question is who will throw those receivers the ball next season?