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Following a disappointing Iron Bowl that saw Jeremy Johnson make what looks to be his final start in a rocky career, John Franklin, III didn’t wait long to voice his frustrations. JFIII relieved Jeremy Johnson in the second half of the Iron Bowl and provided some life to an Auburn offense that had been abysmal. He finished the contest with 85 passing yards and 14 rushing yards in a losing contest.
James Crepea from AL.com was quick to ask the transfer from East Mississippi Community College a pertinent question. Crepea asked about JFIII’s future at Auburn.
“I’m going to decide at the end of the season, go over that with my family, but right now my plans are to stay here [and] finish out my fifth year,” Franklin said. “I’ll worry about that when the season is over with, I ain’t (sic) really worrying about it right now.”
A player opponents have criticized for being unable to pass effectively went on to say, “It’s not like I can’t throw, it’s just my strength is running the ball, so why not go with my strength? … I run whatever [the coaches] call.” Throughout the year, fans could sense the frustration from a player who didn’t come to Auburn to be a backup quarterback. Many have called for JFIII to be a starter.
There is justification for the frustration. With the long pass to Eli Stove, JFIII now owns both the longest pass and the longest rush of the the year. Perhaps more importantly, he has the highest per-rush average of any player with ten or more attempts. He averages over ten yards every time he touches the ball, three yards or more than any other player. He is Auburn’s highest rated passer with a 154 rating and also leads the Tigers in yards per attempt. Despite being labeled a run-first player with questions about accuracy, he is tied with Jeremy Johnson in completion percentage.
Still, the questions about his future have less to do with this season than with …
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Another Thanksgiving Week is upon us. If you have family and friends around—and I hope you do—then you are blessed beyond reason. When you think back on past holidays, it’s not the material things you remember, it’s the people who were in your life during those special times.
As is tradition here at Track ’Em Tigers, I hope you’ll indulge me while I give thanks for another incredible year…