Missouri v Florida

James Franklin officially named Mizzou’s starting QB


Even as one SEC school hopes to end its quarterback competition by early next week, another has officially wrapped its up.

Following the second scrimmage of summer camp Thursday, head coach Gary Pinkel announced that, as expected, James Franklin has been named as Missouri’s starting quarterback. The starter the past two seasons, Franklin had been in a “competition” with Maty Mauck throughout spring practice and into summer camp, although the former took the vast majority of reps with the first-team offense this month.

Pinkel had stated exiting spring and again in mid-July that Franklin was atop the depth chart, although he added that the competition would resume in August.  At least for now, though, that battle has wound down to its expected conclusion.

“James has shown that he’s very capable of leading this team at a high level, and we fully expect him to do that,” said Pinkel in quotes distributed by the team. “He’s really developed as a leader of this offense, and of this team, and we feel he’s ready to be the difference maker he was before all of the health challenges he dealt with last season.”

Pinkel did, however, state that he and the coaching staff are considering giving Mauck some planned series each game to give the redshirt freshman some on-field experience.

“We have a history with that, and it’s something that has worked very well for us,” said Pinkel. “When Brad Smith was a senior, we had Chase Daniel as a freshman show that he earned a series or two per game, and that was tremendous for his growth. When Blaine Gabbert was in his last year here, James Franklin was a freshman, and we got him some work on a fairly regular basis, and we feel that was instrumental in what he was able to do the next year as a starter.”

Franklin missed four starts last season due to knee and shoulder issues, mainly the latter.  He took some heat in some corners last year for essentially taking himself out of an early-season game against Arizona State because of a lingering shoulder injury for which he refused to take painkillers.  He started every game in 2011.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.