University of Missouri

Missouri’s James Franklin starts in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

Updated: 2014-01-19T06:12:37Z

By IVAN CARTER

Special to The Star

Franklin starts for American team

James Franklin, who helped Missouri to a Cotton Bowl victory, started at QB for the American team in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. He completed five of eight passes for 77 yards and rushed for 4 yards in two carries. Franklin, who battled shoulder injuries during his college career, worked closely with former NFL Pro Bowl quarterback Daunte Culpepper throughout the week.

“The important thing was working on my footwork, mechanics, accuracy and those things,” said Franklin, who has not been projected to be drafted by most experts. “Overall, I feel like it was a good week for me to work on my skills.”

• Former Chiefs lineman Will Shields said he isn’t concerned about the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection process. This year’s class will be announced Feb. 1.

“I’ve been through it so I’m not really worried about it,” Shields said. “If it happens, it happens.”

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