At Missouri, coach Gary Pinkel announced Thursday night that incumbent James Franklin will retain his starting quarterback position. Franklin had been in a battle since the spring with redshirt freshman Maty Mauk.
“James has shown that he’s very capable of leading this team at a high level, and we fully expect him to do that. He’s really developed as a leader of this offense, and of this team, and we feel he’s ready to be the difference-maker he was before all of the health challenges he dealt with last season.”
In two scrimmages, Franklin completed 67.5% of his passes with four touchdowns and one interceptions. Mauk completed 52.3% of his passes with three touchdowns and three interceptions.
Meanwhile, at Auburn, coach Gus Malzahn would like to settle on a starting quarterback by Monday. What started as a four-man battle is down to a two-man race between JUCO transfer Nick Marshall and true freshman Jeremy Johnson. Here’s what Malzahn told reporters Thursday afternoon.
“It could be tomorrow, it could be the next day, Saturday or Sunday. Any time before next Monday would be really good for us, but like I’ve said before, we’re not sure.”
In a later appearance on a call-in show, Malzahn said of the two quarterbacks: “They’ve definitely caught our eye. What we’re asking those guys to do. … there’s a lot to it, and I feel pretty good about the way both of them responded and handled it.”
Auburn will conduct its fourth scrimmage Saturday.