Missouri Tigers: QB Situation Not Resolved During Spring Game

By Tim Letcher

The Missouri Tigers held their spring game on Saturday at Memorial Stadium, and the big question on the minds of Mizzou fans was this: will we know more about the starting quarterback situation after the game?

The simple answer to that question is no.

Incumbent starter James Franklin led his team on two scoring drives, but his numbers did not stand out. Franklin was nine-of-15 through the air for 80 with neither a touchdown nor an interception.

“He had a couple of good drives,” head coach Gary Pinkel said of Franklin after the game. “He engineered some good things.”

The good news for Franklin is that neither of the players trying to unseat him played very well. Last season’s backup, Corbin Berkstresser, was nine-of-18 passing for 93 yards, but he threw two interceptions.

Maty Mauk, who redshirted last season, struggled even more than Berkstresser. Mauk was only six-of-17 through the air for 72 yards, and he also threw a pair of picks.

“Obviously, I started out slower than I wanted to,” Mauk said. “I had a couple of bad reads, but I finished strong and I’m excited about it.”

With none of the three candidates for the job standing out in the spring game, the competition will continue into fall camp. Franklin would seem to have the advantage, due to ability and experience, but Pinkel and his staff are not naming a starter at this point.

If Missouri hopes to improve on last season’s 5-7 record, one of the three quarterbacks is going to need to step up and take control of the job. On Saturday, none of them did, which is definitely a concern for Pinkel and his staff, as well as the Mizzou faithful.

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