Arguably the two most important pieces of Missouri's offense are undergoing offseason surgery, leaving the Tigers without their services for Spring football. Quarterback James Franklin had a "very good repair" of his right throwing shoulder on March 23, ten days after injuring it during practice.
Meanwhile, running back Henry Josey is still out and questionable for the upcoming season, as he'll undergo a second surgery in the coming weeks to repair his knee, this time focused on the torn ACL.
Franklin is an emerging star for the Tigers, coming off of a 2011 season that saw him pass for 2,865 yards (21 TDs) and rush for 981 yards (15 TDs, more than any other rusher on the team).
Gary Pinkel was extremely optimistic about Franklin's health when he spoke to reporters this week:
"He's a pretty special guy; he'll heal quick," Pinkel said in his first remarks on Franklin since the operation. "He works tremendously hard in the training room. And so much of it is having a great attitude."