One of the biggest questions left for Auburn to answer in the quarterback battle, other than who actually wins it, is whether or not John Franklin III is capable of being a SEC signal-caller.
After not playing a snap at Florida State and not winning the starting job at East Mississippi Community College, is he ready for his first starting job since high school?
“If they put him in there, he’ll be ready,” wide receiver Stanton Truitt said Saturday. “He’s worked really hard on the things that the coaches wanted him to correct. He worked really hard this summer with us. He didn’t take any days off. He’s been having a really good camp.
”The knock on Franklin since he arrived at Auburn in the spring has been his relative lack of starting experience — offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee referred to him a “true freshman” — and his occasional troubles holding onto the ball.
But after watching Franklin split reps with Sean White (Jeremy Johnson, though “healthy,” sat out), Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said “I thought he did some good things.”
“You can see him getting more and more comfortable. We’re trying to throw more things at him,” he added. “In the spring, he had kind of happy feet sometimes and was unsure of some things. Fall camp, you’ve seen him settle in. Every practice, you see him improving.
”One of the biggest improvements, wideout Darius Slayton said, has been the touch on his passes.
“He's learning you don't always have to beam the ball to us,” the redshirt freshman said. “He's doing better with that, throwing great balls with accuracy and timing.“I feel like since he's come in, he's doing really well."