So what's new? He's never thrown a good ball, and the bulk of his passing yards come from hefty runs, NOT balls thrown far down the field. Franklin's a good runner, but Berkstresser is by far the better passer.
Missouri quarterback James Franklin is currently the 13th-rated passer out of the 15 SEC quarterbacks who have enough attempts to qualify for a rating. His yards-per-attempt average is just 6.2 which is below average. Of course, he’s faced two of the tougher defenses in the SEC in Georgia and South Carolina so far.
He’s also been playing with a shoulder he injured two weeks ago during Mizzou’s loss to the Bulldogs. Against Arizona State the following week, Franklin refused a painkiller shot and did not play. Then he returned to action last week in Columbia (East).
“Typically in the game if, in the past, my shoulder’s hurt, and I throw in the game, I don’t feel it. But this is a little different because I feel it. And I think that’s really been killing my confidence because I’ve been not trusting myself with being able to make throws or put something on it…
Having confidence not just from the players but from the coaches, that definitely helps. Because when you go out there, they’re calling plays, that’s one thing that you know, that they believe in you. It helps with more confidence in yourself and to be able to go out there and perform better.”
Franklin has also been playing behind a patchwork offensive line that’s needed a revolving door installed since preseason camp when injuries first began to mount.
Last year, Franklin finished as the fourth-rated passer in the pass-happy Big XII. He was also that league’s sixth-leading rusher overall. To be sure, SEC fans haven’t seen the Tigers’ quarterback at his best yet.
But an injury, a makeshift O-line, and games against UGA and USC will do that to ya.