MizzouFootball senior QB James Franklin (Corinth, Texas) has been recognized as asemifinalist for The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, which recognizes the topoffensive player in Division I football with ties to the state of Texas.Franklin is one of 16 semifinalists from around the country and just one ofthree from the Southeastern Conference.
Franklinwas playing as well as any quarterback in the country when he was forced to thesideline during Mizzou's 41-26 win at then-No. 7 Georgia (Oct. 12). Through thesix games of 2013 Franklin played in prior to his injury, he had Mizzou'soffense ranked 12th in the NCAA in total offense (515.7 ypg), eighth nationallyin scoring offense (45.7 ppg) and 10th nationally in 3rd-down conversion rate(51.0 percent).
Theaward's criteria are also based on a player who exhibits the enduringcharacteristics that define Earl Campbell: integrity, performance, teamwork,sportsmanship, drive, community, and tenacity; specifically tenacity to persistand determination to overcome adversity and injury in pursuit of reachinggoals.
No. 8Mizzou (9-1, 5-1) continues its push towards the postseason with a road trip toNo. 24 Ole Miss on Saturday, Nov. 23. Kickoff is set for 6:45 p.m. on ESPN. TheTigers then close the regular season at home with Texas A&M on Nov. 30.Ticket information is available at MUTigers.com.
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