December 13, 2007

Yancey: Franklin offense a great system

Fred Yancey knows the future of Auburn's offense and he sees great things ahead.

The Briarwood head coach has been running Tony Franklin's system the past three seasons. It's exactly the same system Franklin will begin installing as Auburn's new offensive coordinator.

Yancey was first introduced to his system when he coached in the 2004 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game under Rush Propst. Propst used that system to lead Hoover to five Class 6A state championships from 2000-05.

Briarwood won the 2003 Class 5A state championship but after getting a taste of the Franklin spread, he was ready for a change.

"We had a good offense but when I saw what Rush was doing with that system I thought that was just incredible and better than what I've been doing and I'd been coaching for 30 some odd years at that point," said Yancey.

At that time, the All-Star game was played in June and Yancey didn't feel like he had enough time to implement it for the 2004 season. But in February of 2005, he attended one of Franklin's clinics in Nashville.

"It was by far the greatest clinic I've ever been to as far as teaching a complete offense and all the details," said Yancey.

"Tony is a very thorough coach and he's very opinionated with what works and he just happens to be right. He's easy to get along with because, personally, I respect the fact that he knows what he's doing."

Briarwood has run the Franklin system the last three seasons with Auburn quarterback commitment Barrett Trotter at the helm. Trotter has accounted for over 9,300 yards of total offense and scored 106 touchdowns over that three-year span.

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