QB Trent Hosick transferring out of Mizzou

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With Maty Mauk firmly entrenched as Missouri’s starting quarterback, Trent Hosick was hoping to be in a position to claim the backup job.  With Mizzou done with spring practice, and Hosick not even in position for the No. 2 job, the player has decided to cut his losses at the school.

A school spokesperson confirmed to both the Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Hosick has left the team and will look to transfer to another football program.

While no reason for the transfer was explicitly stated, Hosick exited the 15 spring sessions No. 4 in Mizzou’s quarterback pecking order.  During the Tigers’ spring game over the weekend, junior Corbin Berkstresser and redshirt freshman Eddie Printz split the reps with the No. 2 offense while Hosick remained on the sidelines until after halftime.

Hosick was a three-star member of Mizzou’s 2013 recruiting class, rated as the No. 19 dual-threat quarterback in the country and the No. 6 player at any position in the state of Missouri.  He took a redshirt as a true freshman last season.

Missouri finds running back depth in first scrimmage

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Missouri’s spring game is not for another couple of weeks, but the offense got off to a good start in Saturday’s first spring scrimmage. Sophomore running back Morgan Steward was the big performer of the day for the defending SEC East champions, rushing for three touchdowns and 117 yards as the offense claimed a 19-11 victory in the scrimmage.

Steward had to pick up the slack for the Missouri running game because Russell Hansbrough and Marcus Murphy (second and third-leading rushers last season) each left the scrimmage due to injuries. Hansbrough left with a shoulder injury and Murphy was taken out due to an ankle injury. Just how severe those injuries are will be determined later.

Quarterback Maty Mauk completed 14 of 23 pass attempts for 164 yards and a touchdown. Mauk figures to be the team’s starting quarterback after stepping in to lead the offense last season when James Franklin was injured. Corbin Berkstresser made his case for consideration though, completing 11 of 17 pass attempts for 129 yards and a touchdown.

While the offense may have won the day, the defense also had their moments to shine as well. The Tigers defense had two interceptions in two-minute drills, but the first team defense was unable to prevent the first team offense from scoring on two possessions after starting at midfield.

From a special teams perspective, Missouri fans will take note that kicker Andrew Baggett successfully converted all four attempts. Missouri’s shot at an undefeated season was thrown off track thanks to a missed kick against South Carolina last season.

Missouri’s second scrimmage will be held next Saturday. The spring game will follow on April 19 to wrap up spring practices.

Knee injury knocks Mizzou’s backup QB out indefinitely

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Memo to Maty Mauk: stay upright and healthy.  And strap on some bubble wrap, just in case.

With rumors swirling throughout the morning, Missouri confirmed via a press release that quarterback Corbin Berkstresser suffered a knee injury during practice last week and will be lost for the foreseeable future.  The specific nature of the injury was a medial meniscus tear, which was surgically repaired yesterday.

Berkstresser will be on crutches for at least a month; the school stated in the release that “there is currently no set timetable for when he would be able to return to the field.”

As far as when the injury occurred, the release said Berkstresser injured the knee Tuesday, Oct. 15, but did not inform the team’s medical staff until Sunday.

Berkstresser is the second quarterback Mizzou has lost to a significant injury in less than two weeks.  Oct. 12, starter James Franklin suffered a separated shoulder in the win over Georgia and will be out at least until early next month.

With Franklin sidelined, the redshirt freshman Mauk has been the starter and was backed up by Berkstresser.  With Franklin and Berkstresser sidelined, and as the Tigers look to continue their improbable run toward an SEC East title, Mauk will be backed up by true freshman Eddie Prinz, who has yet to appear in a game at the collegiate level.

Bubble wrap, Maty.  Bubble wrap.

James Franklin not expected to play against Kentucky

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As of a week ago, Missouri’s oft-injured quarterback James Franklin said that he planned to play this weekend against Kentucky.

It appears that plan has changed. Tigers coach Gary Pinkel said Monday that he does not anticipate Franklin playing against the Wildcats. Pinkel added that Franklin has been taking reps during practice, but has not been running.

Franklin’s been dealing with a shoulder issue that began in the spring and carried over into the regular season and then suffered a sprained MCL in a loss to Vanderbilt earlier this month.  That knee injury would ultimately sideline Franklin in another loss to Alabama.

Corbin Berkstresser has basically been the team’s starter this season, but has struggled in the last two games for Mizzou. In the past game and a half, Berkstresser has completed well under 50 percent of his passes (21-of-59) and has thrown two interceptions with just one touchdown.

Franklin to play in Mizzou’s next game? ‘That’s the plan’

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After suffering a 42-10 beating at the hands of No. 1 Alabama, the upcoming bye weekend will allow the Tigers to lick the wounds from not only that loss but its three other SEC losses as well.

It may also help a wounded offensive starter to return to the playing field as well.

James Franklin, who’s been dealing with a shoulder issue that began in the spring and bled into the regular season, sprained an MCL in the first half of the loss to Vanderbilt last Saturday and did not return.  That latest injury also forced the starting quarterback to the sidelines for the loss to the Tide.

For the Oct. 27 game against hapless Kentucky, though, it appears the junior is headed in the direction of being back under center for Mizzou.

“[T]hat’s the plan,” Franklin succinctly told the Columbia Daily Tribune.

The school has yet to give an official determination as to Franklin’s availability for the next game.

Corbin Berkstresser took over for Franklin in the Vandy loss, and has struggled in his six quarters of play.  During that stretch, Berkstresser has completed well under 50 percent of his passes (21-of-59) and has thrown two interceptions vs. a lone touchdown.