Franklin injured his right shoulder in No. 25 Missouri's 41-26 upset of then-No. 7 Georgia on Saturday, which launched the Tigers up to No. 14 in the rankings. The quarterback left the game in the fourth quarter before freshman Maty Mauk took over, completing three passes for 23 yards.
Franklin finished 18-of-27 for 170 yards and one touchdown against the Bulldogs. Though losing a starting quarterback for several weeks in the middle of a conference schedule is hardly good news, Pinkel's three-to-five-week timeline is better than original reports, which had Franklin out for at least six weeks and possibly the entire season.
According to Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Pinkel said the prognosis would have been different had Franklin injured his left shoulder, which is his non-throwing shoulder.
The coach said Mauk will start Saturday's game against No. 22 Florida. The redshirt freshman hadn't thrown a college pass prior to the Georgia game, but he came to Missouri in 2012 as a highly touted recruit. At Kenton High School in Kenton, Ohio, Mauk broke the national prep records for career passing yards (18,932), touchdown passes (219), pass completions (1,353) and total offense (22,681).
The Tigers, who currently lead the SEC East, face pivotal division games in the next two weeks, hosting Florida this weekend before welcoming No. 11 South Carolina to Columbia on Oct. 26. BECHT: Missouri upsets injury-laden Georgia 41-26 to open up SEC East race