In a huge 41-26 victory over the Georgia Bulldogs on October 12, the Missouri Tigers lost quarterback James Franklin to a shoulder injury.
Franklin, a 6’2, 230 lb. senior out of Cornith, Texas, was off to a great start. He’s completed 132-of-195 passes for 1,577 yards with 14 touchdowns and three interceptions. He’s also rushed for three touchdowns and led the Tigers to a 6-0 record.
With Franklin down, the Tigers turned to redshirt freshman Maty Mauk.
The 6’1, 200 lb. Kenton, Ohio native has delivered.
Mauk has gone 45-of-92 for 748 yards with five touchdowns, two interceptions and has rushed for a touchdown. The Tigers suffered their first defeat, a 27-24 overtime loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks on October 26 under Mauk’s watch, but he’s also led them to victories over the Florida Gators and Tennessee Volunteers.
Now, it looks like Franklin could be ready to return.
“I think he’s going to be very close next week,” Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel told the Associated Press. “We think it’s very possible he’ll be ready.”
The Tigers will be in Kentucky to take on the Wildcats at noon Saturday.