COLUMBIA, Mo. • To witness the spectacle of battered Mizzou quarterback James Franklin wincing and struggling to speak after losses at Arizona State and Baylor last season was to understand what might not be apparent from his kind, even sweet, demeanor. "Anybody that questions James Franklin's toughness, they have to have been in a coma the last two years," MU coach Gary Pinkel said Monday. "He's one of the toughest athletes I've ever been around."
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