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.
James Franklin listed as Mizzou starting QB on depth chart for Ole Miss game.
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) November 18, 2013
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.