Offense struggles in Missouri’s second scrimmage

It was a up-and-down scrimmage Thursday for Missouri quarterback James Franklin.

It was a up-and-down scrimmage Thursday for Missouri quarterback James Franklin. Photo by News Tribune.

COLUMBIA, Mo. — With the different variables that go along with a scrimmage, it can be tough to fully evaluate the good and bad.

But the Missouri coaches did find something in Thursday morning’s scrimmage at Faurot Field: The offense, particularly the quarterback play, needs to be more consistent.

The Tigers’ offense failed to generate a lot of momentum, especially early on, leaving Missouri coach Gary Pinkel to describe quarterback James Franklin’s play as “disappointing.”

“All of a sudden he doesn’t play real well, and all of a sudden he finishes like he’s going to be first team all–SEC,” Pinkel said. “That’s disappointing. We’ll talk to James about that.”

Franklin finished 16-of-25 for 177 yards. He tossed an 11-yard touchdown to Marcus Lucas, but also threw an interception.

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