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QB Berkstresser Back With MU After Suspension

Missouri quarterback Corbin Berkstresser is back with the team and cleared to participate in summer workouts now that he’s being charged with a Class A misdemeanor rather than a felony for leaving the scene of a car accident in May.  The decision on formal charges was made last Friday.

Berkstresser took over the quarterbacking duties in Columbia this spring following starter James Franklin’s shoulder surgery.  Gary Pinkel has said that Franklin is right on schedule with his recovery.  He’s expected by most to be ready for the Tigers’ season-opener this fall.

But it doesn’t hurt to have an insurance policy like Berkstresser off suspension and back with the team just in case.

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Mizzou QB Berkstresser Arrested

Backup Missouri quarterback Corbin Berkstresser has been arrested for leaving the scene of an accident this morning and he could face a Class D felony charge for damaging another vehicle, according to The Columbia Tribune.  Berkstresser might be listed as the Tigers’ backup QB, but he took the reins of the offense following starter James Franklin’s shoulder surgery early in spring drills.

In other words, this might be a little bit more serious than the run of the mill backup quarterback arrest story.

The question now becomes: “How will head coach Gary Pinkel respond?”

In 2008, Tiger D-lineman Jimmy Burge was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident and he was allowed to remain a member of the football team.  Last year, however, defensive back Tristen Holt was dismissed from the squad after a similar incident.

Obviously, Berkstresser’s previous conduct and the details of his case will influence Pinkel’s decision.  But with Franklin still recovering from his surgery, don’t be surprised if Pinkel doesn’t take Berkstresser’s status as the current #1 quarterback into account, too.

At this rate, will Missouri and Georgia have enough bodies on the field to actually play the Tigers’ SEC opener in September?

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Missouri’s Franklin To Have Shoulder Surgery

Missouri junior quarterback James Franklin will have surgery to repair his injured right shoulder on Friday.

Franklin, who injured his throwing shoulder during a practice session last week, will miss the remainder of the spring but is expected to return for the start of the 2012 season.

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel released the following statement on Monday:

“We’re disappointed for James, but this is absolutely the right thing to do, and we all know he’ll be in great hands, as we have the best doctors and trainers in the nation. James has an outstanding work ethic, and he’ll be able to get past this setback just fine. We expect him to be 100 percent and ready to go for the season. Until then, our younger guys will benefit from more reps and more work with the number one offense, and we’ll look at that as a positive.”

Franklin’s return will be critical for Missouri’s offense as the Tigers prepare for their first season in the SEC. Franklin passed for 2,865 yards and 21 touchdowns while adding 981 rushing yards and 15 more scores on the ground in 2011.

Franklin’s timetable for a return will be determined following the procedure, according to the school’s release.

Meanwhile, redshirt freshman Corbin Berkstresser will handle quarterbacking duties with Missouri’s first team. Berkstresser was ranked by Rivals as the nation’s No. 16 pro-style quarterback in the 2011 class.

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