Campus Corner

MU practice report: Franklin rests shoulder, still on track

James Franklin Gary Pinkel 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

Travis Ruth
Evan Boehm Max Copeland Marcus Lucas David Johnson Marcus Murphy Will Ebner Dorial Green-Beckham Brock Bondurant Maty Mauk Anthony Gatti Justin Britt Taylor Chappell 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

Sean Culkin Bud Sasser 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

E.J. Gaines Kip Edwards Brad Madison Russell Hansbrough T.J. Moe Lucas Vincent Henry Josey Justin Britt

(foot) all wore red jerseys, too.

Worth noting

Logan Adkison Chad Moller


*Memorial Stadium is looking

pretty good power-washed new seating section 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.

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