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Report: James Franklin to start for Mizzou vs. Gamecocks

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At least for the start of this weekend’s game, James Franklin‘s “toughness” won’t be in question as it was around this time last weekend.

The Missouri quarterback declined to take a painkiller prior to last Saturday’s game against Arizona State and, as a result, was unable to play due to a lingering shoulder issue.  Franklin resumed throwing during practice this week, with head coach Gary Pinkel declaring his starter “almost symptom-free.”

That progress has reportedly bled into Week 4, with ESPN.com, citing a source close to the program, that Franklin will indeed start today’s conference matchup with South Carolina.

The SEC East “Battle of Columbia” will feature two teams with health issues at the quarterback position.  In addition to Franklin, Gamecocks starter Connor Shaw has been battling a shoulder issue as well.

Shaw was knocked out of last weekend’s game after aggravating what’s been described as a slight shoulder fracture, but head coach Steve Spurrier pronounced his starter “fine” earlier this week and said he would get the nod against the Tigers.

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4 Responses to “Report: James Franklin to start for Mizzou vs. Gamecocks”
  1. southernpatriots says: Sep 22, 2012 1:06 PM

    The South Carolina Gamecocks are a big factor in the resurgence of the SEC East. With Connor being banged up and with Franklin re-injuring his shoulder some will say it will determine who is “tougher” or most determined. With those injuries, I don’t think either team will take many chances with their QBs, so it will be a defensive battle and maybe come down to a play or two made by special teams. Playing at Columbia is not easy. I think everything they do there is to make opponents uneasy. This is a good test for each team.

    Obviously, from the performance on the field so far, the rankings, etc. the nod must go to the Gamecocks. Missouri will play hard and is opportuntistic, so any mistakes may come back to bite the ‘Cocks. But, coming way back with “Steel Ball Williams” and his brother, playing in the days of LSU Heisman and Hall of Famer, Billy Cannon, I have to go with South Carolina and one of the most humorous coaches in college football–Steve Spurrier. Go ‘Cocks!

  2. raysfan1 says: Sep 22, 2012 1:30 PM

    I agree. The Gamecocks have the better defense, I think they will pass just enough to open running lanes for Lattimore.

  3. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 22, 2012 2:09 PM

    The Gamecocks have the most valued advantage–playing at home. For them, it is a great advantage, as it is for LSU and many other teams. They also have Lattimore. ‘Nuff said.

  4. southernpatriots says: Sep 23, 2012 1:34 AM

    South Carolina absolutely ran over Missouri. They blew out the Missouri Tigers 31-10 and the score was not quite indicative of the lopsided victory. The Gamecocks improved to a perfect 4-0 record and Marcus Lattimore led them in rushing as well as receiving (proving just how great he is!) and scored a couple of touchdowns. What a game for South Carolina, or as some fans like calling them…USC. The SEC is a power to be reckoned with this season and maybe from now out.

    There is no CFT story line on South Carolina’s victory yet so I am posting this on this thread, but hopefully tomorrow after church and feeding those still homeless because of Hurricane Isaac, I will have the time to post again on the plethora of stories concerning South Carolina’s great victory et al, including LSU winning at the end, after almost losing the advantage and game due to fumbles, and a motivated defense of Auburn.

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