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COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri quarterback James Franklin looked good in pre-game drills and could be back from a shoulder injury next week. Coaches used that to prod backup Maty Mauk against Tennessee.
The redshirt freshman made his third start in place of Franklin, and it was his best by far. Coach Gary Pinkel said Mauk was told he was on a short leash.
Mauk emulated Franklin with his legs, rushing for 113 yards on 14 carries. He was on-target with his arm, too, throwing three touchdown passes in the first half to key a 31-3 rout Saturday night.
Missouri (8-1, 4-1 SEC) moved up one spot to No. 9 Sunday. The Tigers play at Kentucky next week.