Missouri QB Franklin out 3-5 weeks

3:10 PM, Oct 14, 2013   |    comments
Oct 12, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; Missouri Tigers quarterback James Franklin (1) is injured and leaves the game after being hit by Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Jordan Jenkins (59) and linebacker Amarlo Herrera (52) during the second half at Sanford Stadium. Missouri defeated Georgia 41-26. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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(KSDK Sports / AP) -- Missouri quarterback James Franklin will be out three to five weeks with a sprained right shoulder.

Coach Gary Pinkel said Monday redshirt freshman Maty Mauk will start on Saturday at home against No. 22 Florida. Pinkel said he wouldn't change the offense to accommodate a less-experienced player.

Franklin was injured in the second half of Missouri's victory at Georgia on Saturday.   In his absence, Maty Mauk was 3-of-3 for 23 yards, and the Tigers also got creative with the play-calling as receiver Bud Sasser completed a 40-yard touchdown pass to L'Damian Washington in the fourth quarter.

Washington finished with seven receptions for 115 yards and two scores. Marcus Murphy turned five carries into 57 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown in the second quarter, while Henry Josey (51 yards, TD) was also effective on the ground. Andrew Wilson (11 tackles) and Kentrell Brothers (10 tackles, INT) led an outstanding defensive effort, while Michael Sam scored a touchdown on a 21-yard fumble recovery. Mizzou (6-0, 2-0 SEC) returns home this Saturday for another big-time showdown with Florida.

Senior cornerback E.J. Gaines, a key player on defense, is questionable this week with a strained left quadriceps.



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