July 17, 2007
25 Tigers to watch: #18 Will Franklin
The Missouri Tigers open camp on August 4th, which is now just 25 days away. Over the next 25 days, PowerMizzou.com is counting down the 25 players on the roster who will be most influential in determining just how good the Tigers are this season. To be clear, this is not a list of the 25 best players on the roster. It is not a list of the players that will have the biggest seasons or put up the best numbers. In reverse order, we are counting down the 25 players who we think could have the most influence on the outcome of the 12 games on Missouri's 2007 schedule.
19. William Franklin
Why he's on the list: The shocking thing to most will be that he is this low on the list. However, there are two reasons. First and foremost, you know what you are getting out of Franklin. He has become the go-to guy for Chase Daniel and is capable of turning any pass into a big gainer. So, we're penalizing him for having high expectations. Even if he has a huge year, it's simply what we expect at this point. Second, receiver is a very, very deep position for Missouri. Even if Franklin is blanketed by opposing defenses, the Tigers are going to put up big numbers. Still, he has gone from a guy that more or less wasted a freshman season where he burned a redshirt and caught only six passes, to a player that is easily one of the top receivers in the conference. With even an average year, Franklin will end up second on Missouri's all-time receiving yardage list.
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