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Former FSU QB John Franklin headed to Auburn

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With Jeremy Johnson apparently not the answer to the question of who will be the next Nick Marshall, Auburn is reportedly turning its attention to another quarterback with similar qualities.

According to a tweet from ESPN.com‘s Joe Schad, “[f]ormer Florida State QB John Franklin III plans to announce today he is transferring to Auburn.” Interestingly, prior to the Auburn-Florida State BCS title game a couple of years ago, Franklin was used to simulate, you guessed it, Marshall on the scout team in the practices leading up to the FSU’s win.

Franklin had exited spring practice this year as the Seminoles’ No. 2 quarterback behind Sean McGuire. However, a week and a half after Everett Golson transferred in from Notre Dame, Franklin decided to transfer out and moved on to a Mississippi junior college.

If he does end up with the Tigers, he would be eligible to play immediately in 2016. He would then have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Franklin was a three-star member of FSU’s 2013 recruiting class, rated as the No. 25 dual-threat quarterback in the country.  After redshirting as a true freshman, Franklin appeared in two games in 2014.

UPDATED 4:09 p.m. ET: On his Twitter account, Franklin confirmed that he has committed to Auburn.

No. 19 Ole Miss has momentum vs. Auburn, but tied 10-10 at half

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Auburn’s offense has a long way to go to put the Tigers in position to score an upset of No. 19 Ole Miss this afternoon, but the defense has more than done enough to make it a possibility. Auburn held a 10-3 lead on the visiting Rebels in the second quarter, but the Rebels may be swinging the momentum back in their favor at the half after a 25-yard touchdown run by Akeem Judd up the middle of the Auburn defense has tied the game at 10-10 heading to halftime.

the half ended on a crazy note when it appeared Jeremy Johnson fumbled the football and Ole Miss recovered to return for a possible touchdown, but SEC officials ruled Johnson was down with possession as the clock expired. Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze challenge the call on the field before the teams left the field. After a video review, SEC officials ruled the play on the field was actually confirmed, although the video replays shown on TV would suggest otherwise. Remember that if Ole Miss loses by a single score, because at the very least Ole Miss may have had a chance at a field goal before the first half ended.

Ole Miss was forced to try a field goal at the end of a 12-play, 72-yard drive on their first possession of the afternoon. The drive, which stalled at the Auburn nine-yard line when Akeem Judd was stuffed for no gain on third down. Gary Wunderlich‘s 27-yard field goal was the first score of the game. The Rebels defense then came up with a big play on Auburn’s next possession when Tony Bridges picked off a pass from Sean White at the Ole Miss 20-yard line. Auburn’s defense would respond though, forcing a three-and-out after Chad Kelly‘s first two pass attempts fell incomplete and then the Tigers defense sacked the quarterback for a loss of eight yards.

Auburn would tie things up with a field goal four plays later with a 52-yard field goal by Daniel Carlson. Auburn took its first lead of the afternoon the next time the offense got its hands on the football. A 23-yard pass from White to Roc Thomas put the Tigers at midfield and on 3rd and five from the Ole Miss 47-yard line, White completed a pass down field over the middle to Ricardo Louis, who had nobody in front of him on his path to the endzone.

Both teams have played well defensively, although Ole Miss seems to be getting more on offense at the break. Auburn may need the win more than Ole Miss if you are wondering about bowl scenarios. Despite a winning record of 4-3, Auburn needs to win two more games to become bowl eligible and still has this game against Ole Miss, a road game at Texas A&M, home game against Georgia and a home game agains t Alabama (and a home game vs. Idaho). Picking up two more wins could be difficult. Can they get one today?

Injury may keep Auburn QB Sean White from starting vs. Ole Miss

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As Auburn looks to salvage what’s fast becoming a lost season, they may have no choice but rely on the quarterback who was at least partially responsible for it hurling toward the junkyard in the first place.

In a surprising development, the university confirmed to Brandon Marcello of al.com this morning that an injury may keep Sean White from playing in today’s game against Ole Miss.  White sustained the injury against Arkansas last week, although this is the first time the issue has been raised publicly.

The specific nature of the injury hasn’t been detailed, and White will be a game-time decision.

White has started the past four games for the Tigers, going 2-2 in that span.  While White has yet to throw a touchdown in his 97 attempts, he’s also thrown just one interception.  Which brings us to the former starter.

In his first three starts this season, Jeremy Johnson threw six interceptions in his 72 attempts while completing under 60 percent of his passes.  While the Tigers were 2-1 in his starts, he was yanked as White took over for the Sept. 26 game against Mississippi State.

Auburn is currently 4-3 and must win two of its last five games — vs. No. 19 Ole Miss, at Texas A&M, vs. Georgia, Vs. Idaho, Vs. No. 7 Alabama — to become bowl-eligible.

UPDATED 11:31 a.m. ET: In the end, the uncertainty was much ado about nothing.

Whew Pig Sooie! Arkansas tops Auburn in fourth overtime, 54-46

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It looked as though Arkansas (3-4, 2-2 SEC) had a win over Auburn (4-3, 1-3 SEC) all but locked up, but a late Tigers field goal led to the teams having to settle the score in overtime. Four overtimes, in fact. After matching touchdown for touchdown through the first three overtime sessions, Arkansas took a 54-46 lead on a Brandon Allen touchdown pass to Drew Morgan on the first play of the fourth overtime. After a successful two-point conversion, Auburn’s offense finally ran out of luck and came up empty to go home with a loss.

Auburn’s final overtime possession saw the Tigers try for the end zone on two straight plays on second and third down despite needing nine yards for a first down. A fourth down pass fell incomplete over the middle.

Arkansas took a 14-0 lead in the first half, but Auburn put together a late 95-yard touchdown drive capped by a short run by Peyton Barber to get on the scoreboard. Auburn then tied the game up on the opening possession of the second half when Jason Smith ran for a nine-yard score at the end of a 75-yard drive. Momentum was officially in the hands of Auburn, but there was still a lot of football to be played.

Arkansas regained the lead later in the third quarter, but not without some concern for a teammate. Rawleigh Williams was carted off the field and taken to a nearby hospital for medical attention after taking a big hit to his upper body. Doctors appeared to be focusing on the neck of Williams, but he was conscious and had mobility in his appendages on the sideline as he was taken out of the stadium. After a pause in gameplay, Arkansas handed the ball to Alex Collins, who finished off the drive with a go-ahead touchdown, his first score of the game to give the Razorbacks a 21-14 lead.

In the fourth quarter Auburn once again put together a masterful scoring drive, this one starting from their seven-yard line. A mix of runs by Barber and passes from Sean White moved the Tigers to the Arkansas seven-yard line, but the Razorbacks stood firm at the one-yard line on a third down run by Barber. Still with plenty of time to play, Gus Malzahn took a calculated risk knowing Arkansas can run the clock as well as any team can. Going for a touchdown on the one-yard line was a must, and it paid off. Jeremy Johnson got the call and he pushed across the goal line for a game-tying score.

With the win, Arkansas manages to keep some slim postseason hopes alive. A loss would have meant Arkansas would have to win four of the final five games of the year. Still on the schedule for Arkansas are games with Ole Miss, LSU, Mississippi State and Missouri. Picking up three wins in that stretch would be difficult (Arkansas also hosts University of Tennessee-Martin, which should be an assumed win). Arkansas still faces an uphill climb, but it is a bit more manageable now than it would have been with a loss.

Auburn continues to slide and is starting to lose its margin for error to get to the postseason. Auburn must still win two games but has games against Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Georgia, Idaho and Alabama remaining. That could be a brutal stretch to end the season, but picking up two wins along the way is still very much attainable for the Tigers.

Can Sean White pull a Double McTwist 1260 to turn Auburn’s season around?

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After three less-than-inspiring weeks and a 2-1 record that feels more like a 1-2 record, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn has made a quarterback change. Jeremy Johnson has been stripped of his starting job, which now belongs to Sean White starting this week against Mississippi State. Can the new Tigers quarterback pull some tricks to rejuvenate Auburn and live up to the preseason hype? Well, he certainly can’t hurt.

Johnson has completed 59.7 percent of his passes for 473 yards and five touchdowns through Auburn’s first three games. He has been picked off six times though, and he lost two fumbles in Auburn’s loss at LSU over the weekend. Malzahn has publicly defended Johnson and refused to suggest Johnson would be in danger of losing the starting job, but after digging  a hole in sEC play there is little time to waste in making the necessary moves in order to try to turn things around. His play has simply not lived up to some of the preseason expectations given by some around college football. Some thought Johnson would be a Heisman hopeful, but now he will be holding a clipboard on game day.

White is a redshirt freshman, and this will mark his first time on the field throwing a pass for the Tigers. The quarterback play at Auburn has only been one part of the problem so far this season. The defense has been gashed despite the addition of defensive coordinator Will Muschamp. The defense will hope to start playing better this weekend, but will do so without defensive end Carl Lawson. Malzahn said Tuesday Lawson will be out for an extended period of time, although he hopes that means he will be back before the end of the regular season. Lawson injured his hip in the season-opener against Louisville, did not play against Jacksonville State and did not make the trip to LSU this past weekend.