- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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If Missouri quarterback James Franklin has a good sense of humor, he'll dress as a mummy for Halloween.
He really has been the walking wounded this year, after sustaining a shoulder injury this spring that required surgery, suffering another shoulder injury on a hit from Jarvis Jones in the Georgia game, and spraining his knee against Vandy.
Franklin has missed two games this season, but coach Gary Pinkel said Franklin is doing much better with his knee and is still set to start against No. 7 Florida Saturday.
"He's doing better now. He's got more confidence," Pinkel said.
It helps that Franklin's shoulder has healed. He was having trouble throwing due to an inflamed bura sac. Pinkel also said that Franklin resumed running the Sunday before the Kentucky game, so he should be back up to speed when he steps into the Swamp Saturday.
The thing that has really held Franklin back this season is the lack of practice time. He missed just about all of spring with his shoulder injury, and has been limited during the fall at times. It's been tough for him to find any sort of rhythm since the Georgia game, but Pinkel has been very impressed with the fight he's seen from his starting quarterback.
"He's a battler," Pinkel said.
"He's just been through a lot personally and from an injury standpoint for a guy that didn't miss a down the year before.
"It'll be nice to get him back and competing."
The hope is that Missouri can find some sort of continuity on offense with Franklin under center. The Tigers will have a tough assignment trying to make plays against Florida's smothering defense.
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