Missouri senior quarterback James Franklin was available Saturday against Tennessee, but only in emergency duty for a short time and only if the game was on the line.
By TOD PALMER
The Kansas City Star
“Our thought was, (we had him) if we needed him just to finish the game, but if he had to play a half or three quarters, he wouldn’t have played,” Tigers coach Gary Pinkel said.
It never became an issue as Missouri never trailed during a 31-3 victory. Pinkel suggested Franklin, who has completed 132 of 195 passes for 1,577 yards with 14 touchdowns and three interceptions, could return next Saturday at Kentucky.
“I think he’s going to be very close next week,” Pinkel said.
• After the game, Pinkel announced that backup defensive tackle Marvin Foster “might have torn his triceps tendon.” If the injury is that severe, it will be a blow to the Tigers’ defensive-line depth.
• Kicker Andrew Baggett drilled the left upright for a second consecutive week on a 29-yard try ending the first half.
“I couldn’t hit (the upright) if I tried,” Baggett said. “I promise you that.”
Baggett had already connected on three extra points and a 24-yard field goal. He added a fourth extra point in the third quarter.
• Sidelined since Oct. 12 at Georgia, senior cornerback E.J. Gaines returned to the lineup and showed little rust.
Gaines, a captain and Fort Osage graduate, recorded his team-leading fourth interception and has seven picks in his MU career.
“I saw a quarterback throw a pass who didn’t see me,” Gaines said.
Gaines also had a tackle for a loss in his first action during the last 2 1/2 games, but his impact goes beyond the stats.
“Just him being out on the field, you can sense his experience and leadership,” Pinkel said.
• Tailback Henry Josey, who was listed as questionable during the week, also returned and finished with 16 carries for 74 yards.