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Jefferson starts in place of Franks at Missouri

by Tom Murphy | December 5, 2020 at 11:04 a.m.
Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson scrambles during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

— Redshirt freshman KJ Jefferson made a surprise start at quarterback in place of eight-game starter Feleipe Franks for the University of Arkansas on Saturday at Missouri.

Sources with knowledge of the situation told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that Franks had a rib injury in practice this week. Franks went through warmups with the other quarterbacks Jefferson, Malik Hornsby and Jack Lindsey.

After taking snaps from center Shane Clenin, Franks had a discussion with Arkansas offensive coordinator Kendal Briles. Then the pair began throwing passes of about 30 yards. Franks appeared to be a little tight around his midsection.

Jefferson, of Sardis, Miss., was making his second career start. The 6-3, 236-pounder started the Razorbacks’ 52-20 loss at No. 1 LSU last year and suffered a shoulder injury.

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