Pinkel: Tough 2012 is making James Franklin stronger

Pinkel: Tough 2012 is making James Franklin stronger

Pinkel: Tough 2012 is making James Franklin stronger

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by Dan Greenwald / Missouri Football App

KMOV.com

Posted on September 12, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 12 at 1:10 PM

(Missouri Football App) - 2012 was a frustrating injury-filled season for James Franklin.

After a break out sophomore season in 2011, Franklin only appeared in 9 games in 2012 due to shoulder and knee injuries.

"He came into his junior year hoping to have that type [similar to his sophomore season] of year," Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. "He had more injuries in one year than if you take the 22 previous years of my head coaching career and combine them all."

Pinkel said the adversity is having a positive effect on the quarterback from Corinth, Tex.

"He's healthy now, a little tougher, more resilient, a little more competitive," Pinkel said. "You do that and you look at yourself as a young man."

"Obviously, he can throw he can run. He 's a great kid," Pinkel said. "He wants to win. He's used to winning and Mizzou's used to winning. It is exciting to see him playing the way he is currently playing but it is of no surprise to me at all."

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