After going down with a separated shoulder against Georgia in Week 7, Missouri senior quarterback James Franklin will return to the starting lineup this weekend against No. 24 Ole Miss. Franklin did take snaps over the last couple of series of the No. 8 Tigers' blowout win over Kentucky a week and a half ago.
Franklin was very upbeat at media day this afternoon, saying that when he returned to the huddle against Kentucky, he "felt like a freshman" even though he only ended up missing five weeks of the season. The senior quarterback wasn't interested in talking about how his legacy would be affected by the last two games of the regular season.
The Tigers need to beat Ole Miss in Oxford and No. 12 Texas A&M at home to end the year to clinch the SEC East title and punch their tickets to Atlanta for the SEC title game.
Missouri could have clinched the SEC East title on Saturday had the Florida Gators held on to the 14-6 halftime lead that they had over No. 11 South Carolina. Had No. 6 Auburn not pulled off its miracle 4th-and-18 touchdown completion over previously ranked Georgia, the Tigers would need just one win over their final two games in order to clinch the SEC East.
Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel stated that freshman quarterback Maty Mauk, who went 3-1 as a starter in Franklin's absence, would still see playing time this week. How much playing time he will see remains to be seen according to Coach Pinkel. Mauk threw for five touchdowns in the Tigers' win over Kentucky on Nov. 9.
All quotes from this event were obtained first hand. Full event coverage video of Mizzou's football media day can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hz3a8f-UaA&feature=c4-overview&list=UUrYR0yrNBZnw9s85Xux9kEA