clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

James Franklin Injury: Gary Pinkel Says QB Is 'Ahead Of Schedule'

There's good news out of Columbia for Missouri football fans, as head coach Gary Pinkel told reporters on Wednesday that injured QB James Franklin's rehab for a torn shoulder was progressing well:

"I got a report on him a few days ago, and James is throwing Nerf footballs," Pinkel said. "He's ahead of schedule We're on top of it, and I think we've got real good insight on right way to rehab this guy, based on ... people we've talked to that have done it before. I feel real good about that, because it's very delicate."

After an excellent sophomore season, where he combined for 3,800 yards and 36 TD's through the air and the ground, the dual-threat QB holds the key to a successful transition to the SEC.

He'll need his shoulder to be 100% though, as defenses will likely target it if they think he's still susceptible to injury there, especially considering how exposed it could be on QB scrambles and runs in Pinkel's spread offense.

For more on Missouri football's spring sessions, check out Rock M Nation.