After missing the Missouri Tigers' victory over Arizona State in Week 3 of the college football season, junior quarterback James Franklin will get the start for the team on Saturday against South Carolina, according to ESPN’s Edward Aschoff.
Per the report, Franklin will get the start against the No. 7 Gamecocks despite an "inflamed bursa sac in his right throwing shoulder." It was that injury that forced Franklin to leave Week 2’s loss to Georgia early and miss Week 3 entirely.
Missouri will need their star quarterback as they travel to South Carolina in the hopes of upsetting the favored Gamecocks on their own turf. With Franklin at less than 100 percent, though, the task will be tough.
What It Means
As much as it benefits the Tigers to have their star quarterback on the field, the damage to his throwing shoulder is substantial, and his work in practice this week with the first-team offense was minimal.
Sending him out to face the tough South Carolina defense may be a bad idea.
Missouri will be running their spread offense that can be so dangerous Saturday, but if Franklin isn’t performing to the best of his abilities, the Gamecocks are going to tear the Tigers apart.
As good as Franklin has been when he has been on the field (400 yards and three touchdowns in less than two games), redshirt sophomore Corbin Berkstresser proved that he could manage the game for Missouri if needed.
If the Tigers suspect anything is wrong with Franklin, they need to pull him from the game and slide in Berkstresser—better to have Franklin healthy for the long haul than force it here and hurt his career development.
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