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Saturday, September 15, 2012
QB Franklin not playing for Mizzou tonight

By David Helman

Missouri doesn't have quarterback James Franklin at its disposal as the Tigers host Arizona State tonight.

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel told ESPN's Holly Rowe prior to kickoff that he had hoped Franklin would be able to go as the Tigers try to avoid a 1-2 start, but that he "can't play." Franklin was injured in last week's 41-20 loss to Georgia when Bulldogs linebacker Jarvis Jones hit his arm as it was going forward on a pass attempt.

The injury isn't anticipated to be serious, but redshirt freshman Corbin Berkstresser got the start when Missouri kicked off against the Sun Devils tonight. Franklin has completed 38 of 62 passes for 400 yards with three touchdowns and an interception through two games this year.

Tonight is Berkstresser's first career start. He has thrown for 60 yards and a score on 5-of-5 passing this season.