Tuscaloosa, Ala.--If you ask Auburn quarterback John Franklin, the ability to throw the football effectively has always been there, but for much of the season that hasn’t been an option for the Tigers with him rarely called on other than as a running option.
Saturday that was again the case as he threw just four passes in the loss to Alabama despite the Tigers trailing in the second half. Completing two to Elijah Stove for 85 yards, making him the top performer for Auburn’s offense, Franklin said he’s always been able to throw but for some reason he’s gotten a bad rap.
“I don’t know where everybody gets this thing that I can’t throw,” Franklin said. “I just run what’s called. I could always throw, it’s just getting my opportunity to throw, that’s really it. I don’t know where this all came from or how it started, but it’s just playing football really.”
Franklin saw a few snaps in the first half with Jeremy Johnson the primary quarterback and the Tigers managed just 31 yards of total offense before the break. Franklin said it was just a case of the offense not executing and it wasn’t about who was playing the position.
“I feel like the first half we just didn’t settle down from top to bottom,” Franklin said. “I feel like if we wouldn’t have gotten comfortable it didn’t matter who was at quarterback it’s the same plays. We just didn’t ever find our zone and never got in our groove at the beginning of the first half. I feel like if we would have settled down we would have been fine the whole game.”
With starter Sean White missing for the second straight game and likely questionable for Auburn’s bowl game, Coach Gus Malzahn said he could see Franklin getting more reps and more touches when the Tigers tee it up again. Franklin said he’s all for that.
“I’m down for it,” Franklin said. “Whatever to help my team out, that’s how I’ve always since I got here. If I play one play it is what is is. If I play 20 plays it is what it is. I’m just here to help us win as much as I can.”