Campus Corner

MU practice report: Franklin rests shoulder, still on track

Starting quarterback

James Franklin

was held out of passing drills this morning, but have no fear, Missouri fans – coach

Gary Pinkel

says the break was a scheduled part of trainer

Rex Sharp

’s plan to nurse Franklin’s shoulder back to full health.

“Yesterday he told me he felt as good as he has all year,” Pinkel said of Franklin, who has been telling the reporters the same thing all camp.

Franklin, who suffered a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder during spring practice, said it’s his understanding that he will begin throwing again Thursday. Pinkel also said Franklin will play in Saturday’s scrimmage.

“It’s still 4-5 months out from surgery and it’s still going to be sore (sometimes) so I’m glad (for) the time off,” Franklin said. “I’m glad they gave it to me and allowed me to rest it so I can come out tomorrow and (pick up) where I left off.”

By all accounts, Franklin has been looking strong thus far in camp. In fact, backup quarterback

Corbin Berkstresser

said Franklin’s arm strength is actually better than it was last season.

“You’re hearing it whistle when he throws the ball now,” Berkstresser said.

Day 7 observations


It appears two players are now vying to replace left guard

Travis Ruth

, who suffered a torn triceps in a recent practice and is out indefinitely, as true freshman

Evan Boehm

(Lee’s Summit West High School) and junior walk-on

Max Copeland

shared first-team reps during today’s practice. You'd be hard-pressed to find anybody who doesn't think Boehm is a potential stud, but I have noticed that Copeland is a positive, upbeat player who is very vocal during conditioning…junior receiver

Marcus Lucas

(Liberty High School), who stands 6 feet 5 and weighs 215 pounds, is proving his worth as a red-zone target. During goal-line drills, he elevated over cornerback

David Johnson

in the corner of the end zone to catch a touchdown pass from Berkstresser (Lee’s Summit)…sophomore running back

Marcus Murphy

is one of the most elusive players on the team, but senior middle linebacker

Will Ebner

showed off his tackling ability when he tripped Murphy up in the backfield at one point…freshman receiver

Dorial Green-Beckham

scored touchdowns on consecutive plays, the first coming on a screen pass – I’ve seen him be on the end of a few of those this week – and the second coming on a nice diving catch in which he ran a slant route and walk-on freshman

Brock Bondurant

found him with a nice throw… He also caught a touchdown earlier in practice on an endzone fade from true freshman quarterback

Maty Mauk

...speaking of Mauk, he has shown a proclivity to take off and run on occasion...

Anthony Gatti

earned significant time at first-team right tackle, thanks to the injuries to projected starter

Justin Britt

(foot) and top backup

Taylor Chappell

(knee). Britt is expected to return before the season, but Chappell is out indefinitely. Sophomore

Chris Freeman

, who quit the team and returned within a three-day period earlier this week, also earned some first-team reps at the position.

Injury report

Freshman tight end

Sean Culkin

– who has made a very positive impression on his coaches and teammates thus far in camp – left practice early due to a broken finger. Pinkel said he does not know if Culkin will need surgery yet, but expects to learn more later this afternoon. Sophomore receiver

Bud Sasser

earned some time with the first team due to the status of Culkin and tight end

Eric Waters

, who wore a red jersey because of a recent knee injury.

"We have an opportunity to play receiver in that position or tight end in that position,” Pinkel said of Sasser. “That’s good for him to get that experience there. Sometimes we’ll need bigger receivers (in that position).”

Red-jersey watch

Two more players were spotted wearing red non-contact jerseys for the first time Wednesday – starting cornerbacks

E.J. Gaines

and

Kip Edwards

. Defensive end

Brad Madison

(ribs), running back

Russell Hansbrough

(ankle), receiver

T.J. Moe

(hamstring), defensive tackle

Lucas Vincent

(pectoral), running back

Henry Josey

(knee) and offensive tackle

Justin Britt

(foot) all wore red jerseys, too.

Worth noting

Walk-on redshirt freshman offensive lineman

Logan Adkison

, a graduate of Blue Springs South, has been dismissed from the team for disciplinary reasons, spokesman

Chad Moller

said.

*Memorial Stadium is looking

pretty good

these days. The seats have been

power-washed

, the

new seating section

in the south end zone looks awesome and the

permanent bleachers

in the north end zone provide a nice seating option for fans. I've been told that when the grassy hill in the north end zone is moved up after the season to create more concourse room, the track in that end zone will be eliminated (round of applause). However, I’ve also been told that the concrete track that runs along the east and west sidelines won’t be going anywhere because it creates necessary room for the fire truck and cheerleaders.

Next up

Missouri practices tomorrow morning at 7:15 a.m. and again in the afternoon at 3:45 p.m. I'll be at both sessions and will have plenty more info. Don't forget the basketball team is traveling overseas today for the start of its 10-day European trip. I've also got a special post planned for my readers this afternoon that's chocked with good information as it relates to the football team. Stay tuned.

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