Mizzou quarterback says he'll start against SC

Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 11:46 AM
Last updated Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012 12:20 AM
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Missouri quarterback James Frank­lin says there’s a 90 percent chance he’ll start this week at South Carolina.

The junior sat out the Tigers’ 24-20 victory over Arizona State on Saturday because of inflammation in his right shoulder.

Franklin said it was his decision not to play. Freshman Corbin Berkstresser learned he would be starting about five minutes before kickoff and threw for 198 yards with an interception on 21-of-41 passing.

Franklin has thrown for 400 yards and three touchdowns with an interception in two games this season.

Franklin was injured when Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones hit his arm.

TENNESSEE: The Volunteer defense will play the rest of the season without its leading tackler.

Sophomore free safety Brian Ran­dolph tore his anterior cruciate ligament during the Volunteers’ 37-20 loss to No. 14 Florida, coach Derek Dooley said Monday.

Randolph had recorded a team-high 22 tackles this year to go along with two pass breakups.

Junior Byron Moore, who started each of Tennessee’s first three games at strong safety, will move to free safety Saturday when the Vols face Akron. Junior Brent Brewer, who made eight starts last year before tearing his ACL, takes over as the Vols’ first-team strong safety.

• The Tennessee-Georgia game for Sept. 29 will be televised by CBS, with kickoff scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

Georgia has appeared on CBS 68 times and has a record of 38-29-1, according to the school. Announcers for the game will be Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson.

NEBRASKA: Coach Bo Pelini said he has a clean bill of health and that he left a game Saturday because he and team doctors were concerned that a case of heartburn and his sense of feeling disoriented might be signs of a serious medical problem.

Pelini said a series of tests were negative.

“I’m as healthy as can be,” he said Monday. “You guys are going to be stuck with me for a while.”

The 44-year-old Pelini said he was not ordered to cut back on his workload.

ARKANSAS: Quarterback Tyler Wilson said Monday that he feels better and is optimistic about playing this weekend against Rutgers.

The Razorbacks lost 52-0 to the No. 1 Crimson Tide on Saturday without Wilson – last season’s’ first-team All-South­eastern Conference quarterback.

Wilson’s injury, suffered during the first half of a loss to Louisiana-Monroe, had previously been referred to as a head injury. The senior has now acknowledged he suffered a concussion.


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