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James Franklin Injury: Missouri Coach Gary Pinkel Says 'He's In Great Hands'

Missouri fans know that next season is a major one in the history of Tigers football. Gary Pinkel will lead his team into the SEC for the first time after a messy divorce from the Big 12, yet he also recruited one of the top players in college football in Dorial Green-Beckham. Coming off of a disappointing year, the Tigers will need a display of might week to week to influence recruits, fans and fellow coaches in their first tour around their new surroundings. All that to say, the injury to James Franklin came the worst time.

Franklin recently injured his throwing shoulder and needed to undergo surgery to fix it, meaning he will miss most of the spring football season. Head coach Gary Pinkel said it was a necessary procedure, however, and believes he will be fine.

"We're disappointed for James naturally," said head coach Gary Pinkel in a release. "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."

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