A lot of college coaches spend months -- sometimes years -- in search of a leader to establish the tone and set an inspiring example inside their locker room.
Missouris Gary Pinkel does not have that problem.
Tigers quarterback James Franklin is more than a player with 4,533 passing yards and 49 total touchdowns in three seasons and more than a player coming off a series of injuries -- he is also a happy warrior, an engaging man with a quick smile, the kind of guy who shakes your hand with two of his own.
He also has a solid perspective on life and the game he plays.
If I pursue the NFL, that would be cool, but my dad is an evangelist, and I want to be an evangelist when I get older, the 21-year-old said at SEC Media Days on Tuesday. I want be able to go out and speak to congregations and move people, maybe be a motivational speaker as well.
He is off to a great start. More artful in his comments than any other player in the first day rotation at SEC Media Days, Franklin ha...