Campus Corner

QB James Franklin chosen as one of MU's captains

Updated: 2013-08-01T19:33:57Z

By TEREZ A. PAYLOR

The Kansas City Star

— Roughly two weeks after coach Gary Pinkel essentially said James Franklin was the prohibitive favorite to be Missouri’s starting quarterback entering preseason camp – which starts today, by the way – the 6-foot-2, 230-pounder was named a team captain today.

Franklin earned the honor, along with cornerback E.J. Gaines (Fort Osage), receiver L’Damian Washington and linebacker Andrew Wilson (Ray-Pec). despite a miserable, injury-plagued 2012 season that contributed to the Tigers’ 5-7 record.

This led Pinkel to open up the competition in the spring, but Franklin has seemingly held on to the job. He remained atop the post-spring depth chart, and Pinkel told a group of reporters at Southeastern Conference Media Days that although the competition between Franklin, redshirt freshman Maty Mauk and sophomore Corbin Berkstresser would wage on throughout preseason camp, he hoped the staff would come to a decision by mid-August.

Pinkel, however, left himself a little bit of wiggle room, adding that he might choose to name a starter sooner than that if someone clearly distances himself from the pack.

We’ll get a chance to ask Pinkel and a group of select seniors if that has indeed happened after today’s practice, which starts at 3:45 p.m. Feel free to check Campus Corner later for video, pictures and further updates from the Tigers’ first practice of the fall.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/TerezPaylor.

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