College Football 2011: Who's the Missouri Tigers' Next Quarterback?

Kelsey AlumbaughContributor IJanuary 25, 2011

TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 28:  Jarrell Harrison #11 (C) of the Missouri Tigers runs onto the field with teammates before the Insight Bowl against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Sun Devil Stadium on December 28, 2010 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Missouri Tigers' next quarterback is undecided for the 2011 season. With Blaine Gabbert going to the NFL draft, the starting quarterback slot is available for the taking. James Franklin, Tyler Gabbert and Ashton Glaser are going to be fighting for the position. 

Franklin is larger, both in height and weightcoming in at 6'2" and 230 poundsthan both Gabbert and Glaser. Franklin was starter Blaine Gabbert's backup during his freshman season. He is gifted with a strong arm and the ability to be hard to pin down in the backfield. Those skills give him an edge.  

Tyler Gabbert wasn't gifted with his brother's height or size, but he has talent. Being only six feet tall and 190 pounds is not advantageous when gunning for the starting position. Tyler Gabbert is consistent from the pocket and has impeccable footwork. 

Glaser is a whopping six feet tall and weighs only 205 pounds. He redshirted during the 2009 season, but has the most experience with the Missouri Tigers program. Glaser is a solid quarterback and is listed at No. 3 on the depth chart. 

When it comes down to the competition between the three, Franklin seems to stand out and expected to be the favorite. Gabbert and Glaser shouldn't be overlooked though. They each have formidable talents that have put them in the running for the 2011 season.