Missouri quarterback James Franklin, who struggled with injuries and ineffectiveness his junior season, will have to beat out two challengers for the job in fall practice.
Coach Gary Pinkel said after the annual Black and Gold game Saturday that he'd announce a pecking order for quarterback and every other position next week. He said Franklin had his best spring with the team, but said sophomores Maty Mauk and Corbin Berkstresser also had good springs.
''Competition is good,'' Pinkel said. ''It's great to me that it goes right into August.''
Franklin, who injured his shoulder last spring and was sidelined by a knee injury and concussion during a 5-7 season, said he didn't mind competing for the position. He thought he had the advantage Saturday and expects to be No. 1 heading into the fall.
''I hope so, yes sir,'' Franklin said. ''We'll see what happens.''
To help solidify his spot, Franklin plans on working on fundamentals learned at a camp in California like footwork.