Missouri QB Franklin out 3-5 weeks

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Pinkel said he won’t change the offense or condense the playbook for Mauk, who has played sparingly but can lean on high school stardom. He has encouraged Mauk, known best at Missouri for a scooter mishap that got him arrested, to just be himself.

“You don’t want him to be a robot out there,” Pinkel said. “You’ve got good people around you, just go play. He’s going to be nervous, he’ll do fine.”

Mauk broke national records for yards passing (18,932), touchdown passes (219), completions (1,353) and total offense (22,681), and was a Parade All-American and two-time Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year.

He’s been used sparingly, usually one series. He’s 5 for 6 for 41 yards, and got sacked twice in three plays against Toledo.

Senior cornerback E.J. Gaines, a key player on defense, is questionable this week with a strained left quadriceps. Freshman Aerion Penton and redshirt freshman John Gibson are backups on the depth chart at cornerback and both figure to see playing time this week.

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