Missouri quarterback James Franklin will miss 3-5 weeks after suffering a shoulder injury against Georgia, according to coach Gary Pinkel.
Many outlets originally reported Franklin would miss the rest of the season, but if rehab goes well, Franklin could be back for game against Ole Miss and Texas A&M to end the year.
Pinkel: Franklin in tears in locker room. Was feeling better yesterday.
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) October 14, 2013
Pinkel said if shoulder injury was to left shoulder Franklin would only miss one week — Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) October 14, 2013
Redshirt freshman Maty Mauk will start Saturday’s game against Florida. Mauk came in for Franklin in the fourth quarter and completed all three of his passes for 23 yards to help the Tigers to a 41-26 win.
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Mauk looked shaky in his debut and he’ll be thrown into the fire right away with games against Florida and South Carolina as the Tigers try to maintain their SEC East lead.
Mauk had a prolific high school career, but at 6-feet, 200 pounds, had less than ideal college quarterback measurements. He has been compared to former Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel, who is widely considered one of the best quarterbacks in school history, and is now a backup with the Kansas City Chiefs.
However, if there’s one thing people learned about the Tigers this past weekend, it’s that Mauk doesn’t have to be a hero. He has a lot of offensive weapons to help him and his defense is good enough to keep his team in games. As long as he just plays steady and doesn’t turn the ball over, Missouri might be able to get through the next few weeks until Franklin is ready to return.
And who knows? Maybe Mauk will play well enough that he'll keep the starting role.
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