- Chris Low, ESPN Senior Staff Writer
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Missouri junior quarterback James Franklin is the first to admit that he’s yet to be hit coming off his shoulder surgery this past spring, but the reviews were all positive Thursday in the Tigers’ first practice.
Franklin, who passed for 2,865 yards and ran for 981 yards last season, said he would be able to play tomorrow if there were a game, and that’s a great start to the preseason for the Tigers.
Franklin missed most of the spring after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right throwing shoulder. He’s only been throwing a regular football for about a month after starting out with a Nerf football in his recovery.
"If you just walked out here and didn't know he had surgery, you wouldn't think anything was up," Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. "You just marvel at him. It's very, very encouraging to think where we were back in spring football when this whole thing went down."
In a lot of ways, Franklin thinks his passing techniques have improved. He first started having issues with his shoulder last summer when one of his teammates hit his arm as he was throwing, and from there, Franklin thinks he picked up some bad habits in trying to deal with the pain when his shoulder would hurt.
It's been almost a month since Franklin last felt any real soreness when he would throw. He didn't go all-out Thursday and will continue to be careful, but added, "I put some velocity on and felt good."
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