Franklin strong again, but Pinkel wants more from Missouri Tigers QB

Friday, August 17, 2012

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- James Franklin was 16 of 25 for 177 yards with a touchdown and an interception while working with a unit minus three starters in Missouri's second scrimmage Thursday.

Coach Gary Pinkel wants to see more consistency.

Wide receivers T.J. Moe (hamstring) and L'Damian Washington (shoulder) and offensive tackle Justin Britt (foot) missed Thursday's action. Pinkel said Franklin's play improved near the end of the scrimmage.

"It was a little bit like Kansas State last year, or Kansas last year, where he wasn't playing very well and all of the sudden he looks like he's going to be first team All-SEC," Pinkel said. "That's disappointing. We'll talk to James about that.

"He's capable of being a great football player. We just need more consistency from beginning to end. We have to get that cleared up."

Pinkel said the defense dominated. It got interceptions from Tyler Davis, Ian Simon and Clarence Green. The defense was without linebacker Will Ebner (neck), cornerback Kip Edwards (knee) and tackle Matt Hoch (hamstring).

"We'll be ready to go," Pinkel said. "It'll just be nice to get everyone back. I think the most important thing is the continuity of playing together as a unit."

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