COLUMBIA, Mo. (Missouri Football App) -- Mizzou is 3-3 on the season and there are many places that a fan could point fingers and blame. Underperforming offense, injured offensive line, poor play call and many more potential scapegoats.
After leading the Missouri offense to mediocre results, many Mizzou fans were asking to bench junior starting quarterback James Franklin. These fans wanted to see freshman Corbin Berkstresser lead the Missouri offense.
Yes, Franklin’s had a below-average year thus far, but one thing to consider is how poor the offensive line has been. Seldom do you see good quarterbacks do well with an oft-injured offensive line.
Franklin left Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt due to a knee injury. He is not expected to play Saturday against Alabama. This will be Franklin’s second game missed this season after sitting out against Arizona State due to a shoulder injury.
Berkstresser played the entire game against Arizona State, most of the game against Vanderbilt and other instances throughout the season thus far. Many fans wanted to see Berkstresser start last Saturday against Vanderbilt due to Franklin’s struggles.
Fans got a glimpse of how Berkstresser might perform as a starting quarterback. He finished with just 9 completed passes out of 30 attempts. He finished with 189 yards passing with a bulk of the yards coming on long touchdown pass to wide receiver Bud Sasser.
For all the critics asking to bench Franklin and start Berkstresser, his numbers aren’t stellar as well. He’s completed only 50% of his passes. And yes, I understand the offensive line has hurt him too, but at least Franklin’s got better stats.
Also, you have to consider the intangibles. Franklin has a ton more experience playing college football. Additionally, he has a good set of legs too. Franklin has the ability to escape the rush with his legs, unlike Berkstresser. Franklin ran for 981 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2011. His 15 rushing touchdowns actually led the Tigers last season.
Berkstresser is not as quick as Franklin and thus far has not proven to be anymore reliable. The tables could turn on Saturday if Berkstresser puts up a good game against the #1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide.