Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Franklin Looks on Track to Get Starting Job Back

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Franklin Looks on Track to Get Starting Job Back

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COLUMBIA, MO. * As far as Mizzou quarterback James Franklin is concerned, it makes perfect sense that he has been asked to earn his job back after an injury-riddled and mistake-prone 2012 season overrode his promising 2011 debut as MU's starter.

"Oh, yes, sir, definitely," he said. "I mean, yeah, you could say that there were injuries and stuff last year, but even when I did play I wasn't performing very well. So I think I definitely had to earn it (back) and compete for my spot."

Whether Franklin, a senior to be, did enough to seize the advantage over sophomore-in-waiting Corbin Berkstresser and redshirt freshman Maty Mauk as MU concluded spring practice Saturday with its annual Black and Gold game at Faurot Field won't be clear until Mizzou releases an updated depth chart early this week.

For that matter, regardless of what the next depth reflects, it might not really be known until Mizzou's 2013 opener, on Aug. 31 against Murray State.

"I know we're going into summer ball (voluntary practices) now, and they said we're still going to be competing," Mauk said. "They're not going to let us know until maybe the first game."

But Franklin seemed on Saturday to move closer to reclaiming a role that he had seized in 2011 with the fourth-most prolific total offense season in Mizzou history, behind only Chase Daniel, who owns the top three total offense seasons.

In the controlled scrimmage, Franklin completed nine of 15 passes for 80 yards with no interceptions. Berkstresser hit nine of 18 for 93 yards and two interceptions and Mauk managed six of 17 for 72 yards and two interceptions.

If Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel has a notion of where it's going, he isn't quite saying even if he seemed to assess Franklin's overall spring performance on a tier above those of Berkstresser and Mauk.

"James had a real good spring, probably the best one he's had since he's been here," Pinkel said. "Maty did some great things and Corbin certainly did, too.

"So, it will be interesting. …

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