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Tigers deep after high-profile departures

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Missouri quarterback James Franklin throws during football practice Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee) By Chris Lee Missouri quarterback James Franklin throws during football practice Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee) By Chris Lee
Missouri's James Franklin, right, runs past McNeese State's Brandon Zanders, left, during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, in Columbia, Mo. Missouri won the game 50-6. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson) By L.G. Patterson Missouri's James Franklin, right, runs past McNeese State's Brandon Zanders, left, during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, in Columbia, Mo. Missouri won the game 50-6. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson) By L.G. Patterson
Missouri quarterback James Franklin participates in a drill during football practice Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee) By Chris Lee Missouri quarterback James Franklin participates in a drill during football practice Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee) By Chris Lee

   COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri had a pair of top 10 draft picks in April, one on each side of the ball. Yet both offense and defense appear every bit as strong.
   James Franklin was impressive in several cameos last year as the backup to quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who's opening the preseason as the Jacksonville Jaguars' starting quarterback. And even without Aldon Smith, who is now with the San Francisco 49ers, the Tigers have plenty of pass rush threats.
   Coming off a 10-3 season, the Tigers have seven starters back on a defense that threw two shutouts last season. Only the quarterback and center are new on offense.
   Missouri opens the season Sept. 3 at home against Miami of Ohio, the defending Mid-American Conference champion.

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