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Missouri’s James Franklin to start against Florida Gators


Miami Herald Writer

According to Missouri coach Gary Pinkel, Tigers quarterback James Franklin will start “for sure” this week against Florida.

Franklin has missed time this season with injuries to both shoulders. He sustained a torn labrum in the spring, injured the other shoulder against Georgia on Sept. 8 and bruised his knee against Vanderbilt on Oct. 6, causing him to miss games against Arizona State and Alabama. Corbin Berkstresser

Franklin threw 21 touchdowns and ran for another 15 last season while leading Missouri to an 8-5 record and bowl win against North Carolina. With Franklin missing time, the Tigers are 4-4 this season.

But, according to Pinkel, Franklin will be ready this week.

“He’s better now. He’s got more confidence,” Pinkel said Wednesday. “He’s got the potential to be a great player. I’ll never deviate from that.”

• Florida linebacker Jelani Jenkins (hamstring) is practicing this week and is expected to play Saturday.

• The team has not discussed using a medical redshirt on injured defensive back Cody Riggs (foot), although Quinn said it remains a possibility because of how early on the injury occurred. Riggs has not played since suffering the injury against Texas A&M in the second week of the season.

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