Former Auburn QB/WR John Franklin III arrives, practices at FAU

Former Auburn QB/WR John Franklin III arrives, practices at FAU

John Franklin III has joined his new team.

The former Auburn quarterback-turned-wide receiver was at FAU’s practice in Boca Raton, Fla. on Friday.

“We brought him here to play receiver,” FAU coach Lane Kiffin said, according to the Sun Sentinel. “We feel good about our quarterbacks.”

Video evidence of Franklin doing receiver things. #FAUpic.twitter.com/ptXyzUHWWG

Franklin, who left Auburn on Tuesday, graduated from Auburn earlier this month.

“I was just like, ‘I need to be on the field,'” Franklin said, according to the Sun Sentinel. “This is my last shot to pursue my dream and I have to be on the field every play, not just some plays. Coach Kiffin presented that opportunity to me and it was just the perfect situation because I get to be back home, be with my family and just have fun. That’s what it’s all about. I wasn’t really having too much fun, just to be able to have fun in my last year, that’s what I made my decision on.”

How John Franklin III’s transfer impacts Auburn’s WRs, kick returners

Franklin was 14 of 26 for 204 yards with a touchdown and had 430 rushing yards and two touchdowns at quarterback last season. He moved to wide receiver in the spring and had four receptions for 19 yards on A-Day.

“You’re able to see movement stuff, cutting up,” Kiffin said. “Him playing in space with the ball on some of those read-options where the ball gets out has a couple of really long runs. Averaged 10 yards a carry, so you can see the skill set there. Now, we just got to coach him up on playing receiver, the ins and outs of doing that.”

Read the Sun Sentinel’s full report here.

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Published at Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:39:00 +0000