James Franklin, a senior, has missed three starts since injuring his shoulder early in the fourth quarter of a victory at Georgia. Since he went down, freshman Maty Mauk has compiled a 2-1 record as the starting quarterback, including a 31-3 victory of Tennessee last week. Pinkel told reporters he was optimistic Franklin would be back next week. "I think he's going to be very close next week," Pinkel said. "We think it's very possible he'll be ready." It looks as if an official decision on Franklin's status for the Kentucky game will come later in the week.