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James Franklin’s regular season not over yet?

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In the immediate aftermath of Missouri’s “upset” win over Georgia Saturday, head coach Gary Pinkel confirmed that starting quarterback James Franklin would be sidelined for an undetermined amount of time due to a separated shoulder.

A report subsequently surfaced that Franklin would be out until at least the second-to-last game of the regular season, with another stating that Franklin’s regular season is over.  While that may ultimately be the case, the coach is not yet ready to declare that part of Franklin’s season DOA.

Ashley Colley of KOMU-TV tweeted Sunday morning that “Pinkel says any specific numbers floating around on how long QB Franklin is out are false.”  A final determination, Pinkel said, will come in the next 48 hours.

Now that the team is back in Columbia, more extensive testing will determine exactly how long Franklin is expected to miss.

Given the nature of the injury to his right (throwing) shoulder, and the fact that Pinkel reiterated this morning that the player will be sidelined for a few weeks, it’s a near-certainty Franklin will miss huge games against Florida and South Carolina the next two Saturdays.

If as expected Franklin is unavailable, the onus for leading the Tigers’ offense in a pair of games that could very well decide the SEC East will fall on Maty Mauk.

The redshirt freshman, whose brother Ben Mauk played quarterback at Wake Forest and Cincinnati after setting a slew of national high school passing records, replaced Franklin following his fourth-quarter injury and completed all three of his passes, the last of which went for 20 yards and set up the game-clinching touchdown two plays later.  On the first play after entering the game and facing a third-and-six, Mauk ran for six to extend a drive that led to a touchdown that put the Tigers up by eight with just over nine minutes to play.

A Parade All-American coming out of high school in Ohio — where he shattered most of his brother’s passing marks, incidentally — Mauk was a three-star member of Mizzou’s 2012 recruiting class.  He was rated as the No. 20 pro-style quarterback in that class.

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4 Responses to “James Franklin’s regular season not over yet?”
  1. missouriman4ever says: Oct 13, 2013 11:26 AM

    The only knock on Mauk is that he’s not the ideal size for a qb. But Chase Daniel flourished in this offense and Mauk is a very similar player compared to Daniel. This guy has a lightning quick release and great accuracy. People will be surprised with Mauk after the next few weeks.

  2. kcrobert10 says: Oct 13, 2013 1:40 PM

    Good luck James and good luck maty lets hope all works out. This just in arrowhead is really really loud.

  3. floridacock says: Oct 13, 2013 2:53 PM

    Gamecocks are coming, there is no hope

  4. v2the4 says: Oct 14, 2013 3:35 AM

    the gators are visiting Columbia first, they will be there on Saturday for the southeast game of the week at 1121 kickoff..

    the gators knocked off Mizzou last season in the swamp 14-7 and florida is a 3 pt favorite right now, but if Mizzou is able to score a couple of td’s and get a lead, the gators are horrific on offense and wont be able to come back….its only so much you can ask of your defense.

    the gamecocks visit Columbia the week after that, on October 26

    the usa today has an interesting article on how the sec’s path to an eight straight bcs title is full of roadblocks…here is the link:

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2013/10/13/analysis-sec-path-to-another-national-title-very-cluttered/2975875/

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