Pinkel has said all along if Franklin is healthy, he’ll play. We don’t get updates after Monday on Missouri’s injuries, but the original timetable was three to five weeks. This would only be the third week, so I’d be surprised if he plays. I’ve been surprised before, though.
@todpalmer with Franklin listed as questionable, is Mauk still expected to start Saturday?— Justis (@JustisMichael) October 30, 2013
I think Dorial Green-Beckham is fine. He’s drawn a lot of safety help throughout the season. That might be the case again, considering that DGB snagged two touchdowns in last season’s 51-48 win against Tennessee.
@todpalmer What is wrong with DGB and why hasn't he learned to catch with his hands?— El Guapo (@BarryMcCockinr) October 29, 2013
Personally, after talking to the players on Monday, I don’t think fears about how Missouri will recover from the South Carolina loss are warranted. The Tigers were down, but this is a team that learned a lot about trying to bounce back from tough losses last season. There’s so much still to play for this season, that I think it’s easier to rebound. Tennessee’s defense isn’t very good, so I think — whether Franklin or Mauk plays — Missouri will be able to move the ball and score points. The Volunteers have a great offensive line, but the Tigers counter with a strong defensive line. Factor in that Tennessee is starting a true freshman, whose only college experience came against Alabama last week, and Missouri has a clear edge in my mind.
@todpalmer: can I get your thoughts on the Mizzou-Tenn game this Saturday? How can MU recover this week after coming off the loss vs USC?— Michael Spellman (@m_spellman91) October 30, 2013
It’s hard to speculate, but every player wants to play. There will be competition — and I suspect a very intense competition — to replace Franklin. Now, part of it depends on what options a player might have. Would you rather be a backup at Missouri or have a chance to at UTEP? The Tigers are an SEC team and transferring to a better program in the SEC probably isn’t going to happen. Plus, there’s a lot of pride at stake. I don’t think guys rise to the top echelon of college football by running scared from challenges and competition. The other factor at play is that quarterbacks seemed to be dropping all across college football. Injuries present opportunities. Missouri knows that well after the last two seasons, so I bet the Tigers will work very hard to protect that depth it has at QB.
@todpalmer a but of a futures question: do you foresee any of the other young QB's transferring if Mauk wins job in '14? ie Zanders, Printz— Ryan Hopper (@RxRyan24) October 30, 2013
Well, most of the Tigers’ line returns and there are plenty of big boys running around still, like Blue Valley’s Clay Rhodes. Not getting a chance to watch practice, I can’t say with any authority, but Missouri is probably in good shape.
@todpalmer how does the depth at the offensive line look next year— Derek Vaughan DC (@deralicious75) October 30, 2013
He’s a Bednarik semifinalist. Many NFL scouts project him as a late second- or third-round pick. Every one of Missouri’s opponents has Sam in mind when building its game plan. He’s regarded as one of the best defensive players in college football and many believe he’s having the finest season of any defensive end in the country. Several publications dubbed him a midseason All-American. Sam, who was a freshman All-American three years ago, almost certainly will get All-American love after the season. He’s very highly regarded. Sure wish we could talk to him.
@todpalmer How highly is mike Sam regarded nationally.— Brad Eaton (@theonenkc) October 30, 2013
Eye of the beholder, Matt. I just don’t see a one-loss team, even from the Southeastern Conference, playing for a national title this season. Maybe I’ll be proven wrong, but I think it’s far more likely Florida State, Oregon and Ohio State are all undefeated at season’s end. I also think there’s a good chance one-loss Florida State, Oregon and Ohio State teams would remain ahead of Missouri in the human polls, based on reputation if nothing else, which would affect the Tigers’ chances to claim one of the coveted top two spots. I’ve followed Missouri far too long to believe the breaks are going to go their way. Besides, Alabama — need I say more? Here’s the article for reference.
@todpalmer Why in the world would you begin your article with such an inaccurate statement? Win out, and MU plays for the National Title.— Matt Maisch (@mmaisch) October 27, 2013