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Auburn QB John Franklin III Switching To Wide Receiver This Spring

Auburn's John Franklin III will most likely be a wide receiver this upcoming season if he doesn't win the starting QB job.

According to ESPN's Greg Ostendorf, Auburn quarterback John Franklin III will almost certainly not be a quarterback much longer, as the junior is apparently switching to wide receiver.

Per Ostendorf, Franklin was seen working the wideouts during spring practice on Tuesday, and it's a move that has been somewhat in the works since spring practice began.

While it's probable that Franklin will be a wide receiver this upcoming season, offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey remained non-commital.

"If John doesn't win the starting job then he's going to go play another position," he told reporters after Tuesday's practice. "But as of right now he's definitely still in the mix."

Franklin occupied a reserve role last year behind Sean White, though he did show up in 13 games, albeit mostly as a change-of-pace quarterback who could run the ball. He carried the ball 46 times for 450 yards, so he definitely has the speed and athleticism in open space to make the transition to WR.

Franklin, White, Jarrett Stidham, Woody Barrett, Tyler Queen and Malik Willis are all competing for the starting job this spring.

"We are still kind of evaluating all of them, to be honest with you," Lindsey continued. "I think Jarrett, Woody and Malik have started getting the bulk of a lot of our reps, but at the same time we're not anywhere to say we are going with these guys or whatever."

With so many candidates for the starting role, it's certainly in Franklin's best interest to have a backup plan.