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Auburn QB John Franklin III will be part of Netflix documentary 'Last Chance U'

Auburn quarterback John Franklin III speaks to documentary filmmakers last fall.
Auburn quarterback John Franklin III speaks to documentary filmmakers last fall. Courtesy

Auburn quarterback John Franklin III is front and center in the first trailer for Netflix’s latest documentary series “Last Chance U.”

The streaming giant will debut the original six-part documentary centered around East Mississippi Community College’s football program on July 29, 2016.

Director Greg Whiteley (“Mitt,” “Resolved”) had extensive behind-the-scenes access for the project last fall to examine a junior college team known for producing NFL talent — nine former EMCC players are in the NFL — and won three NJCAA National Titles in four years.

“Considering the school’s recent success, and after meeting some of the people from Scooba, Mississippi, we felt that chances were high that we would be filming one of those special seasons,” Whiteley said in a release announcing Netflix purchased exlusive rights to the project. “What we ended up capturing was something none of us could've ever predicted.”

Franklin, who split time at quarterback for coach Buddy Stephens, is one of the EMCC recruits Whiteley centered the project around. The dual-threat quarterback threw for 733 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 451 rushing yards (10.5 yards per carry) and nine touchdowns.

Footage of Franklin shows up throughout the first preview with glimpses of the Florida native talking to filmmakers from his dorm, signing his national letter of intent to Auburn and game highlights.

“I got to do what I got to do to get back to another big-time Division I program,” Franklin says during the trailer. “It’s very frustrating.”

The documentary will air with Franklin back on a Division I campus competing for Auburn’s starting quarterback job. He wowed his coaches and teammates with his athleticism this spring, but still has a ways to go before locking up the job. Franklin is focused on making that happen when the team opens fall camp in August.

“I told y’all before I got here, I came here for one goal, one reason and one reason only,” Franklin said this spring. “That’s still my goal and that’s still the objective for me. I feel like I’m really in the mix now, especially now that I’m starting to pick up stuff quicker than they thought. It’s just going to get easier for me to run out; the more I run stuff, the easier it’s going to become.”

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