Franklin wasn't so sure he would be back after missing four starts with a myriad of injuries last season to his head, shoulder and legs. But a talk with his father, Willie, the day after the setback helped him realize there are many things in life to be more upset or sad about. "Even if they told me I would've been done for sure," Franklin said, "I would've worked as hard as I could to come back." The 6-foot-2, 230-pound native of Corinth, Texas, watched Missouri (9-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) compile a 3-1 record with redshirt freshman Maty Mauk, who had thrown three career passes before relieving Franklin against the Bulldogs. - AP Sports
A multi-dimensional athlete capable of beating defenses with both his strong right arm and legs, Franklin emerged last season to score 36 touchdowns against just 11 interceptions. He completed 63.3% of his passes and has an efficient, over the top release that aids the fact that he's shorter than scouts would prefer.
There is no denying that Franklin, entering his true junior season, has a ways to go as a traditional NFL passer. Like the former Mizzou quarterbacks coached under Pinkel and Yost, he's been aided by the Tigers' relatively simple passing attack that features a great deal of screens and intermediate crossing routes designed to get the ball out of the quarterback's hands quickly.
He flashes the ability to drop deep balls in the bucket but too often forced receivers to adjust slightly to off-target passes, limiting run-after-the-catch possibilities.
He showed the type of moxie, athleticism and arm talent last season, however, to give Tigers' fans plenty of optimism that he'll handle the adjustment to the SEC just fine... that is, if he's completely over the torn labrum in his throwing shoulder that required surgery during the offseason.