John Franklin III can’t seem to get the opportunity to play quarterback the way he feels he is able.
After gaining significant profile while appearing on the Netflix original series “Last Chance U,” Franklin received an offer to transfer to Auburn and a chance to compete for a starting job.
Franklin failed to win it outright at any point during his tenure there and was asked to switch positions to wide receiver. ,Now, he will seek an opportunity elsewhere.
On Monday, Franklin announced that he will leave Auburn prior to the start of the 2017 season.
“John Franklin came to me expressing his desire for the chance to play more and get closer to home,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said in a statement.
“He has made the decision to play elsewhere this season as a graduate transfer. John has been an outstanding young man during his time here and leaves Auburn with a degree. We wish John nothing but the best and thank him for his time at Auburn.”
For Franklin III, it has to be something akin to déjà vu. He struggled to secure the starting job at EMCC as well, sitting behind quarterback Wyatt Roberts for most of the season.
With the season kicking off in less than two weeks, it’s very late in the process for Franklin III to try and find a starting job right away. As a graduate transfer student, he’ll have the option to play in his first year with a team, but where he is going is anyone’s guess.
Lack of consistency and the occasional bad attitude kept Franklin III off the field for much of the first season of “Last Chance U.” In the past, he hast stated he feels that he is capable of winning a Heisman Trophy. As it stands, he will be attending his fourth school in only five years after having failed to secure a job as the undisputed starter at any of them.
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