When former Florida State quarterback John Franklin III announced he would be signing with Auburn out of East Mississippi Community College, everyone immediately believed he would end up being the starter for the Tigers in 2016.
However, offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee doesn’t seem to be jumping the gun like many others.
Lashlee, who was in attendance for Franklin’s six touchdown game during the 2015 season that essentially won him a scholarship at Auburn, seemed to pump the brakes on the junior college transfer being the immediate starter. In fact, he seemed to treat him as if he had never played college football before.
“With John, he’s almost like a true freshman,” Lashlee said. “Yeah, he’s coming from junior college, but he didn’t play either of his two years at Florida State, and he split time last year (at East Mississippi Community College) So he doesn’t have a lot of snaps under his belt.”
He later went on to say that he hopes everyone doesn’t jump all over him if he doesn’t perform up to the level they would expect him to.
“I just hope everyone is fair to him with expectations because we put so much up on hype and expectations because we need something to talk about,” Lashlee said. “If you are the guy, great. If you’re not (the guy) right away, that doesn’t mean you failed.”
It should be an interesting year for the Auburn Tigers as they look to get back into contention in the SEC. They open the season by hosting the Clemson Tigers on Sept. 3.
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