Good news, Tiger fans, Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel says your top offensive weapon — dual-threat quarterback James Franklin – is recovering nicely from shoulder surgery:
“He was in my office half an hour ago, and the range of motion in that arm for being five weeks out of surgery is remarkable… We feel like he’s going to be ready.
But the bottom line with any injury is that you have to have your backup ready to play.”
Mizzou’s backup QB — Corbin Berkstresser — by all accounts had a solid if not spectacular spring in Columbia. Franklin threw for 2,865 yards, ran for another 981, and tallied 36 touchdowns last season. He underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder on March 23rd.
When it comes to MU’s SEC opener against Georgia, both fanbases are currently hoping for the best in terms of roster depth. The Tigers could be without their quarterback, but the Bulldogs will likely be down a number of defensive backs thanks to suspensions. The situation brings this to mind. First man up wins.