Franklin wasn't "thrown into the fire unexpectedly." He had been playing cleanup for Gabbert as a true freshman instead of red-shirting in anticipation of Gabbert leaving for the Draft.Franklin wasn't "thrown into the fire unexpectedly."
Missouri football fans got good news and bad news this morning.
The good news: Tiger coach Gary Pinkel says the surgery on quarterback James Franklin’s surgery was “a very good repair” and that he’s optimistic about his player’s recovery.
“He’s a pretty special guy; he’ll heal quick. He works tremendously had in the training room. And so much of it is having a great attitude.”
Franklin is expected to miss the remainder of spring practice and then be ready to return in the fall. But Pinkel did caution: “We’re expecting that he won’t (miss time), but to say that that can’t happen, I can’t say that.”
The junior — thrown into the fire unexpectedly last year — led Mizzou as much with his legs as he did his arm in Pinkel’s usually pass-first system. He accounted for 2,865 yards passing (63.3%) with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also rushed for 981 yards and 15 more TDs on 217 carries.
The bad news: Tailback Henry Josey still hasn’t had surgery to repair a torn ACL. Josey suffered “a one-in-a-million” terrible knee injury against Texas last November. He underwent a five-hour procedure at the time to repair a patellar tendon rupture, a torn meniscus and a torn MCL.
Pinkel said that Josey should be ready to have the ACL repaired “in the next two or three weeks” but he wouldn’t say whether or not his tailback will play at all this fall.
In 10 games last season Josey rushed for 1,168 yards and 9 touchdowns.