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Kentucky @ Missouri: Corbin Berkstresser needs consistency, says Gary Pinkel

Corbin Berkstresser has struggled to replace starter James Franklin, but head coach Gary Pinkel says experience will help.

Dak Dillon-US PRESSWIRE

"Experience" and "consistency" aren't typically words associated with freshman quarterbacks. Missouri's Corbin Berkstresser is no exception. After Tigers starting quarterback James Franklin went down with a strained MCL against Vanderbilt, Berkstresser was thrust into the starting role, where he has yet to flourish.

The redshirt freshman is just 19 of 51 with one touchdown and two interceptions in the seven quarters since Franklin's injury. However, his head coach believes the more he plays, the better he will play, "I think that playing quarterback is all about experience, and the way you get experience is by playing," said head coach Gary Pinkel. "I think he's done some good things - we're just looking for a bit more consistency."

Coming off a bye, the Tigers host the Kentcuky Wildcats, who - like the Tigers - are winless in the SEC. If Franklin isn't ready to go come Saturday, Berkstresser could look to have a career day against a defense that allows 32.4 points per game.