New Tigers QB excited for season opener

Missouri quarterback James Franklin stretches during practice last month in Columbia. Franklin will get his first career start Saturday when Missouri hosts Miami (Ohio).

Missouri quarterback James Franklin stretches during practice last month in Columbia. Franklin will get his first career start Saturday when Missouri hosts Miami (Ohio). Photo by The Associated Press.

COLUMBIA — When asked what he was looking forward to most this Saturday, Missouri quarterback James Franklin answered without hesitation.

His first career touchdown pass? The roar of the crowd? The first time he gets knocked to the ground and gets right back up?

Not so much. He just wants to play.

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