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James Franklin is OK
Many of the questions throughout camp are going to be about quarterback James Franklin, who suffered a shoulder injury in the spring. And although he was held out of practice today, there should be no worries about his health, according to head coach Gary Pinkel.
“Yesterday he told me he felt as good as he has all year,” Pinkel said of Franklin. (Via Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star)
Tigers Lose a Couple Offensive Linemen
The worst way to start camp is to suffer injuries, especially to players who are expected to play a big role in the upcoming season. Missouri has lost redshirt freshman Taylor Chappell with a torn ACL and Travis Ruth with a torn left triceps tendon. Ruth was projected to be the starting left guard in the upcoming season.
What makes things worse is that this team is already without right tackle Justin Britt, who broke his leg just a few weeks ago.
Sheldon Richardson is Healthy and an Improved Player
Richardson was a key reserve last season, but was never 100 percent due to shoulder issues. Still, he finished the year with 37 tackles and two sacks.
After spending the spring recovering from shoulder surgery, Richardson is quickly earning respect from the coaching staff in the fall.
If you look at Sheldon Richardson today from this same time last year. Said defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski, it's almost night and day. And last year he looked good, trust me. He looked real good. You're seeing a much improved guy, a more mature player, a more mature competitor. He's playing with more discipline and he's got a great attitude. (Via Tom Timmermann of Stltoday.com)
Green-Beckham Remains Humble
Wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was considered by many to be the top recruit from the 2012 class. He has already received the nickname "DGB" and is expected to play a major role in the Tigers offense this season.
Even with all of the hype and expectations surrounding the young man, he knows that it will be a grind to become successful in this league.
"There's a lot I have to work on," he said. "Every day at practice, we go through the fundamentals, all the little things that count the most. It's a big challenge. It's a lot different than it was in high school." (Via Stu Durando of Stltoday.com)