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Oct 1, 2016; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers quarterback John Franklin, III (5) scores on an 80-yard run against the UL-Monroe Warhawks during the third quarter at Jordan Hare Stadium. The Tigers beat the Warhawks 58-7. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

FAU Lands Grad Transfer John Franklin in “Last Chance”

Hollywood, FLJohn Franklin, III, a south Florida native, has returned home to complete his college football career according to reports.

After his recent graduation from Auburn University, Franklin is taking advantage of a NCAA rule allowing him to play immediately at Florida Atlantic University. Frankin began his college career at Florida State after graduating from South Plantation High.


Franklin gained nationwide acclaim as one of the stars of Netflix’s documentary “Last Chance U” during its first season. It featured the junior college football program at East Mississippi Community College and showed Frankin’s charismatic personality and ups and downs on the football field. Frankin’s brief stint at Auburn didn’t go as planned. He never gained any footing in the quarterback battle and was recently moved to wide receiver.

Graduating with eligibility afforded Franklin the opportunity to go to a place that needed him and with familiar faces. At FAU, under first-year head coach Lane Kiffin, Franklin joins two other Last Chance U stars in quarterback DeAndre Johnson and Tim Bonner – both of season two. Johnson and Franklin were at EMCC together during Johnson’s redshirt year. For his part, Coach Kiffin was stoked at the news of gaining the speedy wide out.

Franklin adds much-needed depth to the Owls receiver corps, which needs a playmaker that can stretch the field.

About Brandon Odoi

Brandon Odoi is a tenured journalist. He's covered youth football since 8th grade, high school football since 2009 and began covering college football in 2011 as a beat writer for the University of Miami Athletic programs. In 2011, he founded Football Hotbed a national multi-media platform for football across the country. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and spent his first five years as a professional working at ABC Television Network, ending his career as a producer in Miami. He's married with two sons and resides in South Florida.

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