Former WR Louis has hunch on Auburn’s QB starter in 2016
The quarterback position at Auburn last year was a bit of an adventure.
Switching back-and-forth between Jeremy Johnson and Sean White, there wasn’t much in the way of consistency. Neither quarterback is what one would call a traditional runner of the football.
Outgoing WR Ricardo Louis, on Periscope, says JF3 is going to be good, but "I think Jeremy (Johnson) is going to start though."Article continues below ...
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This aspect limited Gus Malzahn’s offense from the standpoint it essentially didn’t include the threat of a zone-read option. As such, defenses were able to attack Auburn without being burned by the threat of a quarterback-designed run.
In 2016, it’s anyone’s guess as to which signal-caller will assume the role as the starter. Without question, however, play at the position needs to improve.
Recently-departed wide receiver Ricardo Lewis offered his thoughts on the quarterback competition — which will include junior college transfer John Franklin III. Louis ultimately believes Johnson will beat out the competition and win the spot as the starter.
Franklin III is the wild-card in this scenario. A former athlete at Florida State, he’s got tremendous speed and quickness. He’s very slight at 174 pounds, and isn’t the typical signal-caller from a polish standpoint. However, his play is reminiscent of former Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall.
He bring a dynamic element with his legs — something both Johnson and White don’t possess.