Franklin back at QB for No. 8 Missouri

JAKE KREINBERG (Associated Press)
Missouri quarterback James Franklin passes against Vanderbilt in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. Franklin threw for 278 yards and four touchdowns as Missouri won 51-28. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- No. 8 Missouri has its senior captain back at quarterback.

Coach Gary Pinkel said Monday that James Franklin will lead the eighth-ranked Tigers at Ole Miss this weekend after missing four starts with a sprained throwing shoulder.

The quarterback had been enjoying a career season through five games and positioned his team for a win at Georgia on Oct. 12 before he was hurt.

Missouri (9-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) went 3-1 with redshirt freshman Maty Mauk, who had thrown three career passes before relieving Franklin against the Bulldogs.

The Tigers play at Mississippi (7-3, 3-3) this week, needing to win both in Oxford and the following week at home against Texas A&M to capture the SEC East.

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