John Franklin III leaves Auburn, joins Florida Atlantic
Franklin, who rose to fame via the Netflix documentary series „Last Chance U,“ transferred to Auburn from East Mississippi Vocational school prior to last season. He served as the Tigers‘ backup quarterback, completing 14 of 26 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 430 yards on 46 carries.
He can be playing for coach Lane Kiffin with the Owls. Quarterback De’Andre Johnson, a transfer from Florida State who emerged in Season Two of „Last Chance U,“ are also at Florida Atlantic.
„I’m doing just the thing need to do for that betterment of myself as a player, and a man,“ Franklin wrote on Instagram. „I’m returning home and looking forward to playing my last collegiate season at FAU under coach Lane Kiffin and pretty excited to see what God has in store for me on this journey.“
Franklin also thanked coaches, players and fans along with members of his „Auburn family“ in the Instagram post.
„Thank you for loving me and accepting me into the family,“ Franklin wrote. „I will forever be thankful for the opportunity to works as a player for this great university. In your life your happiness is all you’ve got control over and I am going for a personal decision to leave Auburn and go away and continue to make my ambitions a reality.“
This spring, with the inclusion of former Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham, Franklin moved to receiver.
On Monday, Auburn announced that Stidham would be the starting quarterback and Sean White will be his primary backup this season.
„John Franklin came to me expressing his desire for the opportunity to play many and all set for home,“ Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said in the statement. „He has made careful analysis play elsewhere this season as a graduate transfer. John has been an outstanding young man throughout his time here leaving Auburn with a degree. We wish John just simply the perfect and thank him to his time at Auburn.„