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Pinkel: Mizzou QB Franklin out 3-5 weeks

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Originally feared to be lost for the season, Missouri quarterback James Franklin will miss three to five weeks with a grade two shoulder separation, coach Gary Pinkel said at the Tiger Quarterback Club Monday (via The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Dave Matter).

Franklin’s magnum opus was cut short in the fourth quarter Saturday at Sanford Stadium when he was hit awkwardly by a pair of Georgia defenders. He was forced out of the game — which Mizzou won, 41-26 — and gave way to redshirt freshman Maty Mauk, who will start for the Tigers this Saturday against No. 22 Florida in Columbia.

Losing Franklin no doubt is a massive blow to Missouri’s shot at winning the SEC East, as the senior is third in the SEC in total offense and has accounted for 17 touchdowns (14 passing, three rushing). But if Franklin is able to return in that three-to-five week timetable, he could be back for Mizzou’s Nov. 23 road game at Ole Miss or the Tigers’ regular season finale Nov. 30 vs. Texas A&M in Columbia.

In the meantime, it’ll be Mauk for Mizzou, who rushed for 12 yards on three carries and completed all three pass attempts against Georgia for 23 yards. The key connection there was a 20-yard back-shoulder completion to Dorial Green-Beckham, which set up Henry Josey’s game-sealing touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Plenty has been made about Mauk’s chemistry with Green-Beckham, as the pair came to Columbia in 2012 after setting national prep records for passing and receiving yardage.

The SEC East, all of a sudden, runs through Columbia, Mo., in the next two weeks with the Tigers hosting Florida and South Carolina, both of which have 3-1 SEC records. Just about everyone in the SEC East is banged up — Florida RB Matt Jones is out for the season, while Pinkel said top Tigers CB E.J. Gaines is questionable for Saturday — so the division crown may come down to which team deals with injuries the best.

For Mizzou, that means getting passable performances out of Mauk. No pressure, kid.

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8 Responses to “Pinkel: Mizzou QB Franklin out 3-5 weeks”
  1. kcrobert10 says: Oct 14, 2013 2:34 PM

    I was at the game when Franklin got hurt. We were up 2 with most of the 4th qt left and mauk came in and helped us win. So I think we will be fine and its going to be Awsome to play Alabama in Atlanta.

  2. ceraser45 says: Oct 14, 2013 2:48 PM

    Nice try, but you arent going to Atlanta. You can go and play in the Chik Fil A bowl, but it wont be for the SEC championship

  3. missouriman4ever says: Oct 14, 2013 2:58 PM

    For Franklin’s sake, I hope he doesn’t rush back. Pinkel has a huge man crush on James Franklin and I honestly can’t understand it. Mauk is our best option going forward. We played musical chairs at QB last year and it killed us, just wish Franklin a happy and successful life and move on from him and on to Maty Mauk.

  4. buckeyeluvn says: Oct 14, 2013 3:14 PM

    Maulk was one hell of qb in high school.

  5. ajarkoski says: Oct 14, 2013 4:09 PM

    When is that obviously cheap shot play that took out Franklin going to be ruled out of college. It is in the NFL as EXCESSIVE. Hmmm, Mizzou and A&M exposing SECs supposed conferenece superiority and shows that they obviously have the advantage in the championship games since they are usually held in their conference home territory or in similair environments like Tempe and Pasadena. Play them week in and out, they are just about the same as most other big time conferences. So, they have to try and take out a QB. Watch out Manziel!

  6. skwackquackwoof says: Oct 14, 2013 5:31 PM

    Jeez, you should change your name to myseryman… Way to show loyalty to the guy that put you in position for the hunt. I don’t know much about Mizzou football, but I have never met a fairweather Tiger fan until now. I wouldn’t doubt that you actually cheered when he went down. Mauk may be good but he hasn’t earned his stripes (HA!) yet. If it were my team I would want the experience going into this tough of a stretch, and definitely in any confernce championship/ bowl game. Plus as a side note: The backup’s name is Maty…come on!

  7. pike573 says: Oct 14, 2013 6:23 PM

    As a Missouri fan, I can’t understand the dislike of Franklin. He’s by far our best QB and best chance to win. I don’t know what people thought they saw out of Mauk but what I saw was one good pass and two poor decisions that happened to be caught. Mauk may be good at some point but he sure as hell isn’t ready.

  8. missouriman4ever says: Oct 14, 2013 9:02 PM

    Franklin has played well so far in his career and no I’m not a fair weather fan. Its just that Franklin has bones made of glass, he has no pocket presence, and he’s not the best decision maker either. I’m not saying Mauk is a better QB right now but I think with more game experience, he will be far and beyond what Franklin is. I do hope Franklin has a quick and speedy recovery but at the same time for Mizzou’s future, Mauk playing now is better. Plus Franklin might have an NFL future, no sense in rushing back to get hurt again

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