Missouri QB James Franklin Will Not Play vs. ASU

TEMPE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 09: Quarterback James Franklin #1 of the Missouri Tigers rushes the football for 18 yards past defensive lineman Bo Moos #61 of the Arizona State Sun Devils during the first quarter of the college football game at Sun Devil Stadium on September 9, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The lead up to tonight's game between Arizona State and Missouri was shaken to its core yesterday when word emerged that Tigers' star quarterback James Franklin was now a "game-time decision" due to a shoulder injury.

Despite taking warm-ups with the team, Franklin will not play, as head coach Gary Pinkel told ESPN's Shelly Smith before kickoff. This deals a major hit to the Missouri offense, and a gives ASU's chances at a 3-0 start a big life.

Starting in his place will be redshirt freshman Corbin Berkstresser, a 6-foot-3, 230 pounder.

Berkstresser was a highly touted recruit in the 2011 class, and saw action in Missouri's season opening win over Southeastern Louisiana, throwing a touchdown and running for another in the 62-10 win. Unlike Franklin, Berkstresser is not much of a running threat, and is a more traditional pocket passer.

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