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James Franklin | Quarterback

Team: Missouri Tigers
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 225

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Franklin (6-foot-1 1/2, 228) succeeded Blaine Gabbert under center for the Tigers, starting for three years. He finished his career with a 51:25 TD-to-INT ratio and 62.1% completion rate in Mizzou's spread offense. A dual threat, Franklin added 21 touchdowns on the ground. Injury prone with suspect ball location and arm strength, Franklin would have a better chance at an NFL career if he were more willing to change positions. He's been averse to the idea to this point. With not much behind Matthew Stafford in Detroit, Franklin should at least be given a shot to prove himself as a quarterback in practice settings. Sun, May 11, 2014 01:54:00 PM

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Missouri QB James Franklin said he supports openly gay former teammate DE Michael Sam, but that he doesn't support homosexuality.

"I don't drink. I don't curse. I don't support [homosexuality] -- but it doesn't mean I don't accept Michael," Franklin said. He was asked if he was supportive of Sam after the edge rusher's announcement to the team in August. "I wouldn't say supportive, but accepting. A lot of people confuse supporting and accepting." The deeply-religious Franklin added that Sam "didn't make us feel uncomfortable in the locker room." That last quote is the most salient, as Sam has already proven to risk-averse NFL executives that he can co-exist peacefully with his teammates.
Tue, Feb 11, 2014 08:15:00 PM

Missouri senior QB James Franklin completed 12 of 19 passes for 142 yards and an interception in Saturday's 24-10 victory over Ole Miss.

It was his first start since missing four games with a shoulder injury. "I thought he did an outstanding job," Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. "The guy hadn't played in six weeks and there was a lot of pressure on him to play well." Franklin began the game with a 7-for-7 (for 89 yards) effort in the first half. He didn't play well after the break, but Pinkel turned to his running backs to bleed the clock with a double-digit lead.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 08:31:00 PM

Missouri senior QB James Franklin (shoulder) will start on Saturday at Ole Miss.

Franklin suffered a shoulder injury in Oct. 12's victory over Georgia. He was expected to miss three to five weeks, and progressed accordingly. Franklin collected 1,867 yards of offense (1,577 passing, 290 rushing) and 17 touchdowns (14 passing, three rushing) prior to his injury. Mizzou must beat both Ole Miss and Texas A&M to reach the SEC Championship.
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 06:57:00 PM

Missouri senior QB James Franklin could return from a shoulder injury and play against Kentucky, according to head coach Gary Pinkel.

"I think he’s going to be very close next week," Pinkel said. "We think it’s very possible he’ll be ready." Franklin has missed his last three starts, and redshirt freshman Maty Mauk has done an admirable job as a replacement. The Tigers face Ole Miss and Texas A&M after Kentucky, and currently have a one game lead in their section of the SEC.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 10:27:00 AM

Missouri senior QB James Franklin resumed throwing and is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against Tennessee.

Franklin injured his shoulder two weeks ago against Georgia and was expected to miss three to five weeks. The shoulder separation could be an issue moving forward, especially since Franklin has a history of shoulder issues.
Tue, Oct 29, 2013 11:24:00 AM

Missouri senior QB James Franklin (shoulder) is listed as questionable for this week's game against Tennessee.

Tigers' head coach Gary Pinkel announced that Franklin will start whenever he's healthy. Franklin separated his right shoulder in the school's 41-26 win over Georgia earlier this month. With Franklin on the shelf, Maty Mauk has taken over the No. 1 spot with Corbin Berkstresser ascending to the top backup role.
Mon, Oct 28, 2013 07:07:00 PM

Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel announced senior QB James Franklin will only be out three to five weeks with a shoulder injury.

Maty Mauk will start against Florida and Corbin Berkstresser will hold down the backup role. The head coach added if Franklin's injury was to his non-throwing shoulder, the quarterback would only miss one week. This is positive news, since Franklin has a history of shoulder injuries.
Mon, Oct 14, 2013 01:26:00 PM

Missouri senior QB James Franklin will miss at least the next six weeks with his separated right shoulder, according to CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman.

Feldman adds that Franklin will likely miss even more time since it is a grade two shoulder separation. Maty Mauk will likely take over as the school's starter, and even if Franklin was overly impressive, this will likely be a step back. Mauk is a more powerful runner.
Sat, Oct 12, 2013 05:47:00 PM

Missouri senior QB James Franklin separated his right shoulder in the school's 41-26 win over Georgia.

Franklin played most of the game, completing 18 of 27 attempts for 170 yards and a touchdown prior to departing. He wasn't all that impressive from an NFL standpoint, since he tended to drop his eyes and run into pressure, but Franklin's biggest concern is health. The severity of the separation is unknown at this time, and it is important to note that Franklin does not believe in taking pain medication. He added 12 rushing yards and a score on the ground.
Sat, Oct 12, 2013 03:59:00 PM's Bucky Brooks thinks Missouri senior QB James Franklin "is working his way back onto the radar of scouts."

Franklin has amassed nearly 1,000 yards of total offense in three games, penance for his rough 2012 campaign. "As a passer, Franklin has been more decisive from the pocket and has shown improved accuracy on intermediate throws," Brooks writes. Franklin destroyed Big 12 defenses in 2011, posting a 3,000/1,000-yard campaign as a sophomore, before he limped through an injury-riddled 2012 season in the SEC. "It's very likely that a team could find him as an intriguing offensive weapon based on his size, athleticism and speed," Brooks writes. "With Denard Robinson paving the way for athletic college quarterbacks to make an NFL roster as a versatile playmaker in the backfield, Franklin is likely to get a shot to make his mark in the NFL."
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 02:09:00 PM

Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel officially named senior James Franklin as the school's starting QB.

Franklin was the team's starter last season despite undergoing major offseason shoulder surgery. He was not overly consistent or successful, and poor offensive line play didn't help his cause. Franklin appeared to be in a competition with Maty Mauk, although the senior took the vast majority of reps. Pinkel did add that redshirt freshman Mauck could see playing time in order to gain on-field experience.
Source: USA Today
Fri, Aug 16, 2013 08:41:00 AM

Missouri senior QB James Franklin will attract significant attention from NFL scouts as a dual-threat signal caller who could execute a zone-read system in the pros, according to's Bucky Brooks.

Franklin eviscerated weak Big 12 defenses in 2011, posting a 3,000/1,000-yard campaign as a sophomore. He found the SEC less generous and limped through an injury-riddled 2012 season. To gain any traction in the draft process, Franklin must prove he can simultaneously stay healthy while producing against the nation's best defenses.
Mon, Jul 15, 2013 03:49:00 PM

Missouri will likely run senior QB James Franklin less often during the 2013 season.

Offensive coordinator Josh Henson "said he's reluctant to see his quarterback get exposed to too many hits." Franklin has gone through his share of injuries, including a shoulder surgery that limited his offseason work prior to the 2012 season. Henson and the rest of Missouri's coaches better hope for improved offensive line play.
Wed, May 15, 2013 10:24:00 AM

Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel said senior James Franklin remains the team's starting QB.

"I think the order always matters at every spot," Pinkel said. "You come out after 15 practices, and there’s many, many reps in those 15 practices and scrimmages and so on and so forth. But James is going to be 1. Maty Mauk’s 2 and Corbin’s going to be 3." Franklin was recovering from a shoulder injury prior to the 2012 season, and some would say his performance was hurt because of it.
Tue, Apr 30, 2013 12:24:00 PM