FSU Backup QB John Franklin To Transfer

It’s been exactly 10 days since former Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson became a member of the Florida State Seminoles family, and the first domino has fallen.

Speaking to Brendan Sonnone of the Orlando Sentinel, backup quarterback John Franklin will transfer. Doug Gatewood, Franklin’s head coach from his days at South Plantation High School, spoke further on the rising sophomore’s decision in stating “He just wants to play. He’s open to anything.”

Prior to Golson’s arrival, Franklin was named as teammate Sean Maguire’s backup out of Florida State’s spring workouts. Given his abilities as a mobile quarterback who could use his legs as well as throw, some thought he could even challenge Maguire for the starter’s spot during summer camp.

But that’s not happening now as Golson will be immediately eligible to play as a graduate transfer, and Maguire is now likely to be relegated to backup duty, leaving Franklin as a third-string sophomore were he to stay in Tallahassee. Thus, better for him to transfer, sit out a year and have multiple years of eligibility remaining.

Once the ball gets rolling further on Franklin’s transfer process, Campus Sports will update his decision as more information becomes available.

Florida State opens the 2015 season in Tallahassee against Texas State on September 5.

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