(MU Football App) -- At his weekly media session, Mizzou head coach Gary Pinkel said that James Franklin will make the start at quarterback for the Tigers this Saturday at Mississippi.
Franklin was injured in the Georgia game back on October 12th. His only playing time since the injury came against Kentucky, when he entered late in the 4th quarter and handed off the fumble. He didn’t throw any passes. Pinkel said Franklin is now “100 percent cleared” and ready to come back.
Before his injury, Franklin was enjoying the best season of his career at Mizzou. He completed 132 of 195 passes, with 14 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.
His quarterback rating was 156.2. He was also averaging 4.5 per rushing attempt, with three touchdowns on the ground. Pinkel said Maty Mauk returns to the back-up role and will also get some playing time in the game against Ole Miss.
The Tigers are facing a Mississippi team that’s ranked 24th in the country. The Rebels are 7-3, and own impressive victories over LSU and Texas. “They’ve got really good receivers, running backs,” said Pinkel. “They’ve got a stable full of athletes at those positions.
The numbers they’re putting up, the stress they put on defenses are real. You expect to play games like this. Our whole thing is still focusing on playing our best football game. There’s no more to it then that. You don’t need any more motivation. Discussing anything else is of no value.”