Tigers Blaine Gabbert Expects To Play Saturday Against Texas A&M

Shane PattonCorrespondent IOctober 12, 2010

Missouri Tiger quarterback Blaine Gabbert believes he will be ready to go against Texas A&M this Saturday.

Gabbert suffered a high hip pointer against the Colorado Buffaloes. The injury forced Gabbert to leave the game in the fourth quarter.

Finding out that he is listed as probable for MU’s game Saturday at Texas A&M, Gabbert replied, “Everyone on the team is probable, everyone is probably going to play.”

Gabbert’s lighthearted response downplays what his coach Gary Pinkel witnessed on the sidelines. Pinkel stated after the game that Gabbert was in so much pain he could hardly breathe at one point on Saturday.

If what Pinkel witnessed hasn’t improved much by Tuesday, it would appear that Gabbert may be overly optimistic about his chances of playing against the Aggies this Saturday.

The injury will make it difficult for Gabbert to twist his hip and midsection as he attempts to pass the ball downfield, drastically affecting accuracy.

This would make it risky for Coach Pinkel to allow Gabbert to start ahead of freshman backup quarterback James Franklin.

Franklin has shown flashes of his talent in spot duty this season and may be the Tigers' best option against Texas A&M this Saturday.

"He's a pretty poised young guy,"Pinkel said, referring to Franklin.

The Tigers will need to make a decision sooner rather than later on the Gabbert or Franklin debate.

The more practice time, the better for either quarterback heading into Saturday’s matchup with the up-and-down Aggies.

"Knowing as a staff what James does best, you scratch some things and you might actually highlight some other things,"offensive coordinator David Yost said.

Whichever quarterback lines up under center this weekend, the Tigers will need to bring their A-game to Kyle Field in order to remain undefeated.

Mizzou 24 Texas A&M 9