Oct 12, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; Missouri Tigers quarterback James Franklin (1) passes against the Georgia Bulldogs during the second half at Sanford Stadium. Missouri defeated Georgia 41-26. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Missouri QB James Franklin could return for Tennessee game

The Missouri Tigers’ dreams for an undefeated season ended on Saturday night in the double-overtime loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks, literally by inches, as the potential game-tying field goal hit the left upright.

It marked the second game in a row that freshman Maty Mauk had to start at QB, and played rather well again, in place of the injured James Franklin who sprained his shoulder in the win over Georgia a few weeks ago.

Originally, it was thought that Franklin could miss up to five weeks.

Whether or not that’s the case remains to be seen, but head coach Gary Pinkel certainly didn’t rule out the possibility that Franklin could see the field on Saturday against Tennessee:

“We practiced (Sunday),” Pinkel said. “He threw the ball, did some good things with that. Is he ready yet? We don’t know at all. When he feels ready is when he’ll play. And he’ll move to the starting position when that happens. It’s good to see him out there throwing it around. He’s certainly questionable.”

If Franklin could go, that would be tremendous for the Tigers as they, despite the loss to South Carolina, are still in good position to win the SEC East and head off to Atlanta for the SEC Title Game in just their second year in the conference.

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