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The junior quarterback from Missouri proved himself last season as a capable passer completing 63.3 percent of his passes for 2,865 yards and 21 touchdowns. Franklin is also a powerful runner capable of breaking tackles. He proved this last season by rushing for 981 yards and leading the team with 15 rushing touchdowns.
Edward Aschoff and Chris Low of ESPN.com ranked Franklin fifth among SEC quarterbacks, saying, "If he's healthy, Franklin will be the SEC's top dual-threat quarterback."
The stage is set for Franklin to make the jump into the nation's elite college quarterbacks. One major concern, though, is whether he will be healthy for the start of the season.
The Columbia Tribune's Dave Matter reported that Missouri coach Gary Pinkel was not promising that Franklin would start the Tigers' home opener after recovering from shoulder surgery last April.
Also, one has to wonder how Franklin will fare playing in the SEC compared to the Big 12.