Hello, Southeastern Conference, I'd like to introduce you to the dark horse candidate to the 2012 SEC Player of the Year. His name is James Franklin....no, not the coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores, but the quarterback of the Missouri Tigers.
In his final season in the Big 12, Franklin threw for 2733 yards with 20 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions. Plus, he put up 839 rushing yards and another 13 rushing touchdowns in an explosive offense that doesn't look to slow down under the leadership of Gary Pinkel. Sound familiar to any of you? Cam Newton-esque? Tim Tebow-esque?
Franklin's surely making a case for the pre-season crown in the SEC for 2012 with his performance versus a usually strong North Carolina defense. So far, Franklin's actually having a "quiet" game per his standards. 123 yards passing and a touchdown along with 103 yards rushing and two touchdowns have given the Tigers a commanding 38-17 lead over the Tar Heels in the 2011 Independence Bowl.
Oh, and Franklin's only a sophomore. Enjoy him SEC fans, he could be the next big thing.