Nov 9, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Missouri Tigers quarterback James Franklin (1) on the sidelines during the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium. Missouri defeated Kentucky 47-17. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Missouri lists QB James Franklin as starter for game against Ole Miss

It doesn’t seem like it has already been 4 weeks since the Missouri football program lost their most recognizable face, quarterback James Franklin, to a separated shoulder, but that is likely because the team is still 3-1 in his absence. However, Gary Pinkel and company released a pleasant surprise to their fan base on Monday, and it had to do with Franklin’s return.

Missouri’s “official” depth chart shows Franklin at the top of the quarterback position, and that is a near-certain indication that he’ll be ready to play when Saturday’s game against Ole Miss arrives. This is huge news for the Tigers, as they must win both of their final two games to assure themselves a spot in the SEC Championship Game as the winner of the SEC East.

Before his injury, Franklin was lights-out in leading Missouri to a 6-1 record, and his numbers (1,577 yards, 14 touchdowns, 3 interceptions) speak for themselves. However, he absolutely can’t afford to be rusty against a very athletic Ole Miss defense, and Maty Mauk (Franklin’s backup) will certainly be on call for duty at any point on Saturday.

Franklin’s return is a huge win for the program, but there is still a lot of work to be done in Columbia.

Tags: Gary Pinkel James Franklin Maty Mauk Missouri Tigers Ole Miss Rebels

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