AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn hired Troy offensive coordinator Tony
Franklin on Wednesday to run the Tigers' offense.
Franklin, who will also coach quarterbacks, spent the past two
seasons running a no-huddle, spread offense at Troy. He is also is
a former Kentucky offensive coordinator.
"Tony has had a tremendous amount of success offensively in the
Southeastern Conference and during his most recent position at
Troy," Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville said. "He teaches an
exciting brand of offense that has posted some very impressive
Franklin replaces Al Borges, whose resignation was announced on
Tuesday, and will at least help coach the offense in the
Chick-fil-A Bowl Dec. 31 against Clemson. Franklin said he wasn't
sure who would call the plays in the bowl game.
"I just want to be there and kind of watch and get a head-start
on evaluating the talent for this spring," Franklin said. "If
I've got a suggestion of something we could do, maybe a little
wrinkle or something, that would be good."
The Tigers finished 101st in total offense out of 119 major
college teams this season, averaging 328 yards per game. They have
produced star running backs such as Carnell Williams, Ronnie Brown
and Rudi Johnson in recent seasons, but the passing attack has been
Troy's offense was even worse before Franklin's arrival. The
Trojans hadn't ranked better than 111th nationally in total offense
in the previous four seasons. They ranked 17th in total offense
last season, averaging 453 yards per game.
Troy quarterback Omar Haugabook was the Sun Belt Conference
offensive player of the year in both seasons under Franklin.