COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri quarterback James Franklin was announced as the starter against Arizona State on Saturday, but redshirt freshman Corbin Berkstresser got the call instead.
Franklin opened the game wearing headphones on the sideline Saturday night while nursing what Tigers coach Gary Pinkel told ESPN was an elbow injury. ESPN said Pinkel had said before the game that he was hopeful Franklin would be able to play.
Berkstresser got his first career start after playing as a reserve the first two games, and helped by a 43-yard kickoff return by T.J. Moe, led Missouri to a field goal in its opening drive.
Franklin warmed up without obvious discomfort a little more than an hour before game time and after putting on his uniform, threw several passes 20 yards or longer under the watchful eye of offensive coordinator Dave Yost.
Franklin underwent shoulder surgery in March that sidelined him for spring practice but the school has not reported any problems with the shoulder the first two games. Franklin spoke to the media Monday without mentioning any shoulder woes.
Practices are closed all week except for the first 30 minutes Tuesday, which is mostly stretching and individual work.
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