James Franklin Surgery To Rule Mizzou QB Out Of Spring Football

Missouri Tigers' starting quarterback James Franklin didn't get a lot of time in before his spring was cut short. He'll be out for the rest of spring football with a shoulder injury. Franklin threw for 2,865 yards and 21 touchdowns while also running for 985 yards and 15 touchdowns in his first year as a starter in 2011.

Franklin sustained the injury during practice last Tuesday. The injury did not initially appear to require surgery, but doctors later determined that surgery was in Franklin's best interests. Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel is disappointed, but is trying to find positives in the situation.

"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."

For more on Franklin and Mizzou, head over to Missouri Tigers blog Rock M Nation.

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