James Franklin, QB

School: Missouri  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Corinth, TX
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 228 lbs.
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50027-

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Strengths Weaknesses

While short, Franklin has a solid, athletic build and is a true scrambling threat, rushing for 981 yards and scoring 15 of his touchdowns a season ago via the run.

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.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

Tigers coach Gary Pinkel and offensive coordinator David Yost don't get enough credit nationally for the work they've done with Missouri's quarterbacks. Each of their three previous passers have gone on to the NFL (Brad Smith, Chase Daniel, Blaine Gabbert), and with only one starting season under his belt it is clear that Franklin is on his way toward extending that streak to four.

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.

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11/21/2013 - Missouri has its senior captain back at quarterback. Coach Gary Pinkel said Monday that James Franklin is "100 percent cleared" and will lead the eighth-ranked Tigers at Ole Miss this weekend after missing four starts with a sprained throwing shoulder. The quarterback had been enjoying a career season through five games and positioned his team for a win at Georgia on Oct. 12 before getting slammed to the ground by two defenders. "At first, you could tell that it hurt James a lot," center Evan Boehm said. "And the only thing you can do is go up and be like, `Hey, man, we're with you. We feel your pain. You're going to bounce back and you're going to be a great quarterback."

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

 

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