Missouri football, Week 9 depth chart notes: Franklin, Josey listed as questionable

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

This week's game notes are out (PDF). Here are some notes on the depth chart.

  • Well, there's certainly one big move: Missouri has a new third-string quarterback, and his name is James Franklin. Franklin is listed as "questionable" behind both Maty Mauk and Eddie Printz, but he is indeed listed. The Tennessee will take place three weeks and about four hours after he suffered his shoulder sprain against Georgia. I don't want him playing unless he's 100 percent -- I think Mauk can do plenty of damage to Tennessee's defense -- but one has to be encouraged by Franklin's recovery overall, even if he doesn't play against the Vols.
  • Also questionable: Henry Josey. Not sure what his ailment is, actually, but if Russell Hansbrough is still a little slowed by turf toe, then Marcus Murphy could get quite a few looks on Saturday. And for that matter, Morgan Steward could get a few as well.
  • Not questionable: E.J. Gaines. The senior cornerback is listed as a starter once again. Aarion Penton and John Gibson did a hell of a job with their increased playing time in his absence -- they each recorded a pick in the last two games -- but it's nice to have Gaines back, to say the least.
  • I think that's all the movement. There are still three "OR" starters: Eric Waters and Sean Culkin at tight end, Michael Sam and Shane Ray at defensive end, and Harold Brantley and Lucas Vincent at nose guard.
  • And yes, Braylon Webb is still listed as the starting holder, with Levi Copelin as the backup. Laces out, Braylon.

Other tidbits from the game notes:

  • A win on Saturday would give Missouri its eighth eight-win season in Gary Pinkel's 13 years. Missouri had eight eight-win seasons between 1963 and 2001.
  • A win on Saturday would also be Missouri's fifth ever as the No. 10 team in the nation. The more you know...
  • Missouri and Tennessee have had three common opponents this season. Missouri beat Georgia and Florida and lost to South Carolina; Tennessee lost to Georgia and Florida and beat South Carolina.
  • L'Damian Washington is in the SEC top five for touchdowns (eight), yards per catch (19.2), and yards per game (79.4).
  • Missouri has played in, and won, more OT games than any FBS team. The Tigers were 6-1 in OT games under Pinkel from 2001-08 and have gone 2-2 in the last three seasons.
  • Career starts for this week's projected starting line: 94.
  • James Franklin is fifth in career passing yardage at Missouri with 6,110. He's 712 yards behind fourth-place Blaine Gabbert for fourth and 849 behind Jeff Handy for third. Something tells me he's not going to catch Chase Daniel, who is still ahead of him by 6,405 yards.

Missouri and South Carolina kick off at 6:00 p.m. CT on ESPN.

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