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The Tigers' biggest concern entering the 2012 season is the health of quarterback James Franklin. He suffered a shoulder injury during spring practice and had to undergo surgery.
Team physician Pat Smith says that the shoulder is improving and that if this pace continues, he'll be ready for the season opener on September 1.
"It's obviously a rush to have this injury when he did in March and try to be ready for August and throw and all that, but at this point I'd say we're cautiously optimistic," Smith said. "His motion is coming along nicely, and so far, so good."
Franklin is obviously the leader of this offense, but the Tigers will likely go as far as he takes them. Last year he threw for 2,865 yards, rushed for 981 yards and combined for 36 touchdowns.
As for running back Henry Josey, the future doesn't look as bright. He suffered a torn ACL and Smith isn't sure if he'll even be able to participate at all this season.
"I don't think (returning this fall) is very realistic … We're not really even talking about that right now," Smith said. "This was all about taking a very severe injury and just trying to get it right for him long-term."