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Gary Pinkel has his starting quarterback.
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel decided to end the quarterback speculation on Thursday night, picking James Franklin as the Tigers’ No. 1 passer for the season opener against Murray State.
Franklin was one of the Big 12’s top quarterbacks in 2011 but struggled in his SEC debut. The Texas native was dealing with a shoulder injury last season and was less than full strength for 2012.
Assuming Franklin is 100 percent, he should rebound with a big season in 2013.
Redshirt freshman Maty Mauk pushed Franklin for time this offseason, and the coaching staff plans on getting him into games this season to gain experience for 2014.
It wasn’t much of a surprise, but Missouri made the right call in naming Franklin the starter for 2013.<
James Franklin is Missouri's starting QB, per a release from Gary Pinkel.— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) August 16, 2013