Missouri quarterback James Franklin entered last season with high expectations, but failed to truly meet them thanks to nagging injuries. Franklin threw 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions in limited action, a far cry from his 36 total touchdowns from the previous season.
Missouri enters its second season as a member of the Southeastern Conference following a disappointing 5-7 (2-6) finish. Despite the emergence of redshirt freshman Maty Mauk, Franklin was officially named the starting quarterback weeks before the team’s opener on Aug. 31.
If healthy, Franklin has the potential to be one of the top quarterbacks in the SEC. Not only does he possess outstanding athletic attributes, but also the starting experience to have a breakout season.
Franklin has assumed the role of starting quarterback at Missouri since his arrival in 2010. The senior will now look to redeem a disappointing season with a proper ending to a memorable collegiate career.
Franklin has accumulated 4,533 passing yards, 1,219 rushing and 49 total touchdowns during his first three seasons. He will likely add to those totals as he enters the upcoming season in good health.
Adding to the aforementioned skills and experience, Franklin will also benefit from the presence of sophomore wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham. Green-Beckham was one of the top national prospects of the 2012 high school prospect class.
However, the top prospect struggled early, failing to reach the end zone during his first four games. Green-Beckham would show signs of improvement, finishing the season with five touchdowns and 395 yards.
Green-Beckham will likely continue his progress and be the main target for the Tigers’ senior quarterback. If he can emerge as a true No. 1 wide receiver, Franklin will likely put up staggering numbers and rank amongst the SEC elite.