Ex-Lake Dallas QB Franklin named starter at Mizzou

Former Lake Dallas quarterback James Franklin was tabbed as the starter for Missouri this season.

News broke on Thursday night that former Lake Dallas standout and current Missouri senior James Franklin will be starting for the Tigers in 2013.

In 2012, Franklin completed 59.4 percent of his passes, threw for 1,562 yards, 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Franklin battled through injuries last season and was knocked out of two games he started.

ESPN’s Brett McMurphy said on Twitter last night that Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel confirmed his decision about two weeks before the season starts on Aug. 31 against Murray State.

Pinkel told CBSSports.com’s Chip Patterson that he expects Franklin is a very capable commander of the Tigers, who finished sixth in the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division in 2012. .

“James has shown that he’s very capable of leading this team at a high level, and we fully expect him to do that,” Pinkel told CBSSports. com Thursday night. “He’s really developed as a leader of this offense, and of this team, and we feel he’s ready to be the difference-maker he was before all of the health challenges he dealt with last season.”

Franklin had an outstanding year in 2011. He finished the eyar with 2,865 passing yards and 21 touchdowns and ran for 981 yards and 15 touchdowns.

His total of 36 touchdowns in 2011 was third-most in Missouri history and he finished the Independence Bowl’s Offensive MVP.

I’m sure Franklin and Missouri fans hope the senior can stay on the field in 2013 and produce the numbers he did in his sophomore year. If he can manage to do that, Missouri will have a better chance of thriving in its second year in the SEC.

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