I will take Gaines back more than anything. Missed having him in the secondary last week against SC.
The two biggest stars on Missouri’s offense entering the season were quarterback James Franklin and back-from-injury running back Henry Josey. Both performed well during the Tigers’ unbeaten run into the nation’s top 10.
But Franklin was injured at Georgia and his throwing shoulder was expected to keep him out anywhere from three to five weeks. Saturday will mark three weeks since his injury and — right on schedule — he’s now listed as questionable for Mizzou’s game with Tennessee. Freshman Maty Mauk raised Tiger fans’ hopes with his performances against Georgia (in the final quarter) and Florida. Against South Carolina he was just 10-for-25 passing, dropping his completion percentage to just 45% for the season. No knock on Mauk, but Franklin’s return is much needed in Columbia.
Meanwhile, Josey was apparently banged up in last week’s come-from-ahead loss to the Gamecocks. Gary Pinkel hasn’t said what ails his running back, but he’s listed as questionable for Saturday, right alongside Franklin.
If Franklin and Josey can find their way onto the field this weekend, it will be a big boost for a Missouri team desperate to put last weekend behind it.
Pinkel does have one clear bit of good news to share — Tiger cornerback EJ Gaines has had the “questionable” tag removed from beside his name. The senior has missed MU’s last two games with quad strain.