Mizzou’s monumental, 41-26 win over Georgia in Athens may have come at a dear cost. Per Rivals reporter Gabe DeArmond, star Tigers quarterback James Franklin suffered a separated shoulder in the team’s victory, its first road win over a top-10 team since 1981.
After dealing with a number of injuries throughout a disappointing 2012 season, both Franklin and his Tigers teammates have enjoyed a resurgent 2013. The win moved Mizzou to a bowl-eligible 6-0 on the season and into the driver’s seat for the SEC East crown.
Franklin will not be a part of it. After completing 18-of-27 passes for 170 yards and rushing for 23 yards and a touchdown, the quarterback was tackled with his team up 28-26 early in the fourth. He landed hard on his shoulder and eventually headed to the locker room.
He would eventually re-emerge, but with his shoulder heavily wrapped and iced. It was later announced that Franklin would be out at least six weeks.
Franklin has thrown for 1,407 yards with a 67.9 completion percentage, along with 13 touchdowns and only three picks. However, the Tigers will rely on redshirt freshman Maty Mauk for the majority of their remaining schedule.
Mauk is very much the quarterback of the future for the program. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound passer was a two-time Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year coming out of high school and has the talent to lead the way.
He finished 3-for-3 for 23 yards and engineered two touchdown drives against Georgia. Now, with Franklin out indefinitely, he will have to do more of the same in the weeks ahead.
After Florida, Mizzou faces South Carolina, Tennessee and then Kentucky.
[H/T: CBS Sports]