SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Aldon Smith #99 of the San Francisco 49ers reacts against the New York Giants in the second half during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Mizzou Football Links
Sign No. 1,306 that fall camp is around the corner: the linkage begins to pick up again.
T.J. Moe certainly is a good "get excited about the fall" guy, isn't he? Talking up Marcus Murphy ... talking up James Franklin's arm strength...
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QB No. 1
The Trib: Franklin's health is among Tigers' biggest questions
Second-year starter James Franklin underwent surgery on March 23 to repair a torn labrum in his right arm. Pinkel has said the team's medical staff expects Franklin to be fully cleared to play in the season opener, but it's unclear how much he'll be allowed to practice over the next month. In an interview on ESPN last week, Pinkel touched on some unanswered questions about Franklin's readiness for camp.
"We'll have to see where he is from a function standpoint," Pinkel said. "In other words, they can release him to play, but how will his accuracy … how's he throwing the ball downfield and those things? We'll work around that."
"He's going to want to make more throws than he's capable of at the beginning," receiver T.J. Moe said at SEC media days. "But his arm's stronger than anybody knows."
Post-Dispatch: Tigers, Franklin respectful of SEC defenses
Franklin's progress over the next month will be critical in determining how well the Tigers are able to handle those defenses. If for some reason he is unable to go, Mizzou would turn to redshirt freshman Corbin Berkstresser, who saw most of the snaps in the spring.
Pinkel said the expectation is for the junior to be 100 percent. The Tigers want to make sure Franklin gets there and stays there after he passed for 2,865 yards and ran for 981, directing an offense that averaged 32.8 points. Pinkel doesn't believe Franklin has reached his ceiling.
"What you want to do is eliminate some of the mistakes in each game to become a more complete quarterback," Pinkel said. "Our last three quarterbacks are playing in the NFL right now. I think he's in line. He's that kind of a potential player."
Oh, But It Might Be One Day
The Trib: For Arkansas, Missouri is no replacement for LSU
Four Heismans Lawrence
KBIA Sports: Top Missouri running back Kendial Lawrence familiar with the position
ESPN.com (SEC Blog): VIDEO: Missouri OT Elvis Fisher
PowerMizzou: PMTV-HD: Chase Abbington 1-on-1
Post-DIspatch: Super 30 Recruits
The Trib (AP): Aldon Smith remorseful after his tumultuous offseason
Other Football Links
The Trib (Dave Matter): Counting down the Top 25: Nos. 15-11
Mizzou Basketball Links
InsideColumbia.net: The Haith Family Reflects On Year One
Corey, you won a district championship as a Bruin and now you’re going to Mizzou. What will it be like to be a Tiger and play for your dad?
It’s going to be interesting. I always thought about it, but I thought it would never happen. It’s going to be fun to share moments with my dad. I always wanted to go with him on away games. I can do that now since I am part of the team. My mom and sister will still miss my dad on the road. I’ll be with him all of the time.
Frank, your son will be a freshman at Mizzou next year and play on your team. Is he staying at home or living on campus?
We want him to have the college experience, live on campus and be a part of our basketball program. It’s real exciting for me as a father to spend more time with Corey. When he was growing up, I was gone a lot as an assistant coach. I now have a chance to be with him a lot over the next four years. I’m really excited about that. [...]
Pam, what’s it like being the wife of Frank Haith?
Frank is committed to his family, and that gives us a sense of normalcy. He does take the special time to make sure that his family is a priority in his life. Frank travels a lot. I don’t think about his absence because I know he is doing something that he is absolutely passionate about. He is even more passionate about his family. When you feel that, you don’t feel any voids or absences; you get hungrier for his return. You value that time and appreciate it even more.
The Trib: Missouri coaches adjust to recruiting rules
Other Basketball Links
KenPom.com: Introducing 3-Point Score
Mizzou Diamond Sports Links
SimmonsField.com: SEC Fan's Guide to Mizzou Baseball: 1954 National Champions
SimmonsField.com: Mizzou Baseball in the Majors & Minors: Fantasy Tiger All-Star Team
Other Mizzou Links
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