GAINESVILLE -- No. 14 Missouri, undefeated and a surprise to the entire country following a 5-7 record last season, lost its starting quarterback James Franklin late in the Tigers’ upset win agaimst Georgia last weekend.
Franklin, a senior, will miss at least the next month with a separated shoulder, so redshirt freshman Maty Mauk will make his first career start against the Gators in Columbia, Mo., on Saturday.
Florida defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin doesn’t expect the Tigers’ quick-hitting spread offense to change much, despite the move at quarterback.
“I think they have a really good offensive system. Obviously it’s been proven over time it works really well. They put up a lot of points, a lot of yards. I think [Mauk] is the type of quarterback that fits what they do,” Durkin said. “I think they have their system and this it what they do, and he has great players around him. They have three backs they play and they can all take it the distance any time. He’s got talented guys to throw the ball to, too, so I think they’ll kind of do what they do with their system.”
Missouri is second in the SEC in scoring offense (45.7 points per game), but Mauk has attempted just six career passes.
Redshirt junior linebacker Ronald Powell (ankle) has not practiced this week and appears doubtful for Saturday’s game.
• Injured defensive tackle Dominique Easley (ACL, meniscus) will undergo surgery on his right knee Thursday in Pensacola. It will be preformed by Dr. James Andrews.