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Missouri QB Franklin To Start At Ole Miss

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Missouri senior quarterback James Franklin will return for Saturday's game at Ole Miss after sitting out four games with a sprained shoulder. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images.
Missouri senior quarterback James Franklin will return for Saturday's game at Ole Miss after sitting out four games with a sprained shoulder. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images.

After missing the last four games with a sprained shoulder, Missouri quarterback James Franklin has been cleared to play at Ole Miss on Saturday, according to coach Gary Pinkel.

Franklin had thrown for 1,577 yards and 14 touchdowns before suffering the injury to his throwing shoulder against Georgia on Oct. 12 when he was slammed to the ground by two defenders.

In Franklin's absence, redshirt freshman Maty Mauk led Missouri to a 3-1 record, throwing for 933 yards and 10 touchdowns. 

Missouri (9-1, 5-1 SEC East Division) needs to win its final two games to play in the SEC Championship, and facing Ole Miss (7-3, 3-3 SEC West Division) and Texas A&M (8-2, 4-2 SEC West Division) in the coming weeks will not be easy.

Getting Franklin back may be just the boost the Tigers need.