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Missouri coach Gary Pinkel says there's no doubt quarterback James Franklin will be ready for the opener. Both Pinkel and Franklin said after the opening day of fall camp that he could play right now. Pinkel said Thursday night that Franklin is showing no signs of problems coming off shoulder surgery in March. Franklin said he was careful with his throws and hadn't been hit yet but gradually will air it out. ''James looked pretty good overall,'' Pinkel said. ''If you just walked out here and didn't know he had surgery, you wouldn't think anything was up. You just marvel at him. It's very, very encouraging to think where we were back in spring football when this whole thing went down.'' Missouri, 8-5 last season, begins two-a-days Friday, with the first full-pad workout set for Monday. The season opener is Sept. 1 against Southeastern Louisiana. ''Obviously, I haven't been hit yet, but I feel like I could play tomorrow,'' Franklin said. ''Today I was extra careful and not fully l...
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