Mizzou quarterback James Franklin out for remainder of spring camp

Mizzou quarterback James Franklin out for remainder of spring camp

Missouri's three quarterbacks, (L-R) James Franklin, Corbin Berkstresser and Ashton Glaser, chat during practice. Berkstresser has been working with the starters while Franklin recovers from a shoulder injury that will keep him sidelined for the remainder of spring camp. (Photo: Matthew Cavanah-Columbia Daily Tribune)

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Junior quarterback James Franklin will undergo surgery on Friday to repair his injured right shoulder and will miss the remainder of spring camp, but will be ready for fall practices according to an official release from the University of Missouri.

Franklin, who threw for 2,865 yards and 21 touchdowns and ran for 981 yards and 15 touchdowns in his first year as a starter in 2011, sprained his glenohumeral (GH) joint when a defender landed on his outstretched arm during a scramble for a loose ball during practice last Tuesday.

Initially, doctors did not believe that surgery would be necessary and it was hoped that the Mizzou quarterback would be able to return in time for the annual Black & Gold Spring Game on April 14. However, after further evaluation, they decided that repairing the injury surgically would be best for Franklin long-term.

MU coach Gary Pinkel released the following statement regarding Franklin’s injury:

“We’re disappointed for James naturally. But this is absolutely the right thing to do, and we all know he’ll be in great hands, as we have the best doctors and trainers in the nation.

James has an outstanding work ethic, and he’ll be able to get past this setback just fine. We expect him to be 100 percent and ready to go for the season.

Until then, our younger guys will benefit from more reps and more work with the number one offense, and we’ll look at that as a positive.”

Redshirt freshman Corbin Berkstresser has been leading the No. 1 offense in Franklin’s absence.

For those of you who are curious, here is what Brown.edu had to say about the GH joint:

“The glenohumeral joint is a ball-and-socket joint that allows for the arm to move in a circular rotation as well as movement of the arm towards and away from the body. The motion that the glenohumeral joint provides is flexion, extension, abduction and adduction.”