Missouri may be without QB James Franklin against Arizona State Saturday

By Joe Vozzelli

James Franklin during a scrimmage in August.

Missouri quarterback James Franklin’s status for Saturday’s game against Arizona State is in doubt.

Earlier today, speculation grew that Franklin had a sore shoulder, which could keep him out of Saturday’s game. KOMU’s Eric Blumberg tweeted, “QB James Franklin is a game-time decision because he’s dealing with a sore shoulder.”

The Columbia Tribune’s Dave Matter received an email from MU football spokesman Chad Moller, which said the athletics department would “not confirm any speculation unless there’s substantive news to report.” A source told the Tribune that Franklin could be a game-time decision for Saturday’s 6 p.m. game.

Franklin underwent surgery in March after he tore the labrum in his right shoulder, his throwing arm. He sustained the injury during spring practice and returned to the team in August.

Franklin wasn’t listed on the team’s weekly injury report and Missouri coach Gary Pinkel didn’t mention that anything was bothering the Tigers’ starting quarterback during his Monday press conference.

If Franklin does have to miss Saturday’s game, the Tigers would likely go with redshirt freshman Corbin Berkstresser at quarterback.

Berkstresser appeared in the fourth quarter of Missouri’s blowout win over Southeastern Louisiana. He went 5-for-5 for 60 yards and a touchdown.

The Tigers (1-1) plays the Sun Devils (2-0) at 6 p.m. Saturday at Faurot Field

Be sure to follow @KBIASports for updates on Franklin’s status.


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