(Missouri Football App) -- I understand criticizing college athletes is a delicate thing. They're only kids, after all- and many of them are students as well as athletes and have plenty of things on their plate. Criticizing them in the media for what they do for four hours on a Saturday is somewhat unfair. That being said, James Franklin has got to go.
Missouri ran nearly 30 plays in Florida territory without a score. Franklin give the ball to the Gators with such ease that one would have to wonder if he's colorblind.
After the Tiger defense caged Florida inside their own 10, the Mizzou QB promptly returned the pigskin on the first play, hitting the Gator linebacker right in the numbers. He wasn't even making them work for it.
We are out of excuses for James Franklin. His picks aren't coming on the run. His receivers aren't tipping them into the hands of the defender. His interceptions are coming with time to throw, with wide receivers that are wide open.
It's not bad luck. It's bad decision-making and bad execution. Interceptions should come from athletic plays on defense. Linebackers should have to jump routes, leap over receivers or have great hands to take the ball away. Against Franklin, all they have to have is patience.
Berkstresser is no great shakes, despite how good he looked in the early part of the year. His showing against Vanderbilt was spectacularly bad. But there is simply no justification for trotting James Franklin out there for one more snap. His legs are nice in a pinch, but our receivers are too valuable to waste week after week.