Pinkel backs Franklin in good times and bad

Jacob Bogage

Coach said his quarterback, if healthy, would have performed just as well in 2012.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Celebrating his team’s first Southeastern Conference win of the year in a 51-28 drubbing of Vanderbilt, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel conveyed a fiery validation of senior quarterback James Franklin, likening him to the nation’s best passers.

Embattled by injuries his junior season when he only started eight games, Franklin has returned to great acclaim his final year, leading the Tigers’ (5-0, 1-0 SEC) hurry-up offense to average 46.6 points per game.

“If we’d have stayed healthy last year,” Pinkel said, wagging his finger, “he’d have played like this, very close to this a year ago. I really think he would have, so this doesn’t surprise me. Everybody’s going, ‘Wow,’ and all of a sudden, everybody loves James Franklin, but I loved him last year and his sophomore year.”

Pinkel was even more animated…

View original post 295 more words

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s