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Auburn QB John Franklin III earns spot on depth chart as back-up holder

Auburn quarterback John Franklin III runs drills at practice on Friday, August 5, 2016.
Auburn quarterback John Franklin III runs drills at practice on Friday, August 5, 2016. mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn isn’t any closer to naming a starting quarterback coming out of the team’s first preseason scrimmage.

Quarterbacks Sean White, Jeremy Johnson and junior college transfer John Franklin III split reps with the first team offense at Tuesday’s practice.

Fans are pulling for the East Mississippi Community College dual threat quarterback, but he might not be ready for the job according to offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee.

It isn’t all bad news for Franklin’s supporters.

Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson confirmed Wednesday night the quarterback is repping behind Tyler Stovall as the team’s backup holder.

“Tyler Stovall the holder right now it’s his last year,” Carlson said. “He’ll be a redshirt junior, but his contract with the Braves that they pay for his school is going to end this next year. It’s something for future we are thinking about getting him into work there. He’s got a great attitude and he’s really wanted to work hard on that.”

Franklin was spotted taking reps at the position last week at practice during open viewing periods for the media. Malzahn was asked about using Franklin at the formation on trick plays, but the coach declined comment.

“Oh, the swinging gate? I don't even know if we're going to do that,” Malzahn said referencing one of his plays. “Right now, he's just trying to be the starting quarterback.”

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