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MU news and notes from SEC Media Days

By TEREZ A. PAYLOR
The Kansas City Star

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel just left the stage here at SEC Media Days, and three of his best players - left tackle Elvis Fisher, cornerback E.J. Gaines and receiver T.J. Moe - are about to answer some questions here at the Wynfrey Hotel.

In the meantime, here's some news and notes that have already come out:

*By the sound of it, things are definitely looking up for star quarterback James Franklin, who injured his throwing shoulder in the spring but appears to be on track to start the season opener Sept. 1 vs. Southeastern Louisiana.

“We expect him to be 100 percent," Pinkel said. "That’s the last thing I heard from Rex Sharp about a week and a half ago. He’s throwing footballs now – he started out with Nerf balls – so actually he’s ahead of schedule. Rex said he thinks he’ll be 100 percent for that first game.”

*Pinkel confirmed the news we reported earlier today about sophomore defensive tackle Lucas Vincent, who tore a pectoral muscle on Monday but will not require surgery and should be 100 percent in about four weeks.

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He’s fine, he’s fine," Pinkel said. "Just a muscle tear, nothing serious, no surgery. Good news.”

*Pinkel said running back Henry Josey continues to rehab from a devastating knee injury, but maintains a good attitude about it.

“It’s going to be a stretch (for him to play this year), but we’re not counting him out," Pinkel said. "The good news is he’s really doing well, he has a remarkable attitude which is a big reason he was such a great player as a sophomore last year. The big thing is we need to get him to 100 percent so we can get him to the best he can be. He’s got two years out of the next three years to play, so hopefully we get two great years out of him.”

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