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James Franklin admits shoulder injury is hampering confidence

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As of last Sunday, James Franklin was still named the man under center — or, behind center, given offensive scheme —  for Missouri.

According to Franklin, however, he’s not the same man he was before injuring his throwing shoulder.

Despite being nearly “symptom free” last week from the injury, which he suffered in spring practice, it was clear that Franklin was not his normal self in last Saturday’s 31-10 loss at No. 6 South Carolina. Franklin tossed for only 92 yards against a salty Gamecocks defense and was knocked around the entire game.

The lingering pain — Franklin does not take painkillers — has been hurting his confidence, he says.

“Typically in the game if, in the past, my shoulder’s hurt, and I throw in the game, I don’t feel it,” Franklin said via the AP. “But this is a little different because I feel it. And I think that’s really been killing my confidence because I’ve been not trusting myself with being able to make throws or put something on it.”

Franklin will have an opportunity to regain that confidence this Saturday against UCF before a five-game SEC stretch that features four divisional opponents and Alabama. Gary Pinkel maintains that there’s no quarterback controversy with his team, but if Franklin can’t get back on track over the next few weeks, it will be interesting to see if Pinkel makes a permanent move with backup Corbin Berkstresser.

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6 Responses to “James Franklin admits shoulder injury is hampering confidence”
  1. truefootballinsight says: Sep 27, 2012 6:14 PM

    I thought him and his Mizzou gang were just going to walk all over the SEC?

  2. southernpatriots says: Sep 27, 2012 6:30 PM

    James definitely needs better protection by his OL and RBs, but his receivers getting to in position to catch the ball a little more quickly would also help.

    Surgery may have never completely healed or may have left the area weaker than normal. Recent injury likely re-aggravated the injury and now the SEC schedule continues…

    Alabama with their mammoth defense coming to Farot on Oct. 13, then a trip to The Swamp, where Florida’s defense is re-surging on 11-3, and the treatment of James at Kyle by A&M won’t be a cake walk either with other SEC “smash mouth” football teams in between and through the season. If he plays those games, Franklin’s shoulder may feel much worse before it is over.

  3. tigersgeaux says: Sep 27, 2012 6:36 PM

    Missouri is not quite setting the SEC on fire are they? Maybe this is somewhat of Mizzou’s baptism of fire, along with Franklin’s. Playing a SEC season is quite a bit harder than they realized. It will take them a few years maybe to build their strength and stamina to compete well.

    My best to Franklin’s full recovery, but the schedule they have yet to play will be a very difficult one for the offensive line and James.

  4. iloveflorio says: Sep 27, 2012 7:50 PM

    Anymore excuses missouri? Just admit the SEC is big boy football and y’all pee wees!!!

  5. bigdawg24 says: Sep 28, 2012 3:55 PM

    Much better playing in the SEC and taking of trial by fire beatings, than still stuck playing in the Texas 10 conference (aka Big XII)

  6. tigersgeaux says: Sep 28, 2012 4:31 PM

    You are quite right. The introduction or initiation is daunting, however. I

    It will take some adjustments on the part of Missouri to really compete week in and week out. Even with the weaker teams in the SEC, it is not a cake walk.

    Even these SEC teams know how to play “smash mouth” big boys football with the best of them, though they may not be up to the level of Alabama, LSU, Georgia, South Carolina, or Florida, they can and often do bring it to the top SEC and OOC teams.

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