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After attempting to rehab and return to play football in 2012, it was announced that Missouri Tigers' running back Henry Josey will be shut down and miss the entire season. Josey tore his ACL, MCL and patellar tendon against the Texas Longhorns last November.
Head coach Gary Pinkel made the announcement on Monday that Josey was out for the season:
Henry Josey will not play this year, you probably figured that out. I tell you what, in practice yesterday, it was kind of interesting, it was Sunday evening and offense and defense were practicing on both ends of the field in The Zou and all of a sudden I see this guy in a red jersey with his shoulder pads on and he is striding the full length of the field and I'm standing at the 50-yard line and it was Henry and he was running and running good and he was running hard.
He's a remarkable kid and I'm so impressed and I went over there and gave him a big hug and high five. He will be back one of these days and I have to say that and I admire him so much as he's battled through all the adversity he's had.
With Josey out, the starting running back for Missouri will be senior Kendial Lawrence.
It's been a long road to recovery for Missouri Tigers running back Henry Josey since he tore the anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and patellar tendon in his left knee during a November 2011 game against the Texas Longhorns. It will continue to be a long road ahead, as Josey is expected to miss the Tigers' entire 2012 season.
It's been hard at times for Josey to continue working to get back on the field eventually with the Tigers, but in an interview, he said that it's easy to find motivation to continue whenever he looks at his 16-month-old son, Henry Jr.:
"Any time I got to go home for a break, when I wasn't rehabbing, I spent every day at home with him. Pretty much 24-seven, the whole time I was with him," Henry Josey said. "That was something I needed, especially going through my injury. He took a lot of stuff off my mind. He helped me out a lot, too."
Even after learning he will likely miss the entire 2012 season, Josey has continued to work out with the Tigers, saying he's glad to even have the opportunity to do so:
"I'm happy just to be back out here. I don't even know if I was supposed to play football again, with how bad my injury was, let alone, be doing what I'm doing now," Henry Josey said. "Me being out here is just a big thing. Me putting my pads on is big thing to me. I wouldn't be disappointed, it's whatever I have to do really."
Missouri Tigers running back Henry Josey will not likely play for the Tigers in 2012, according to a tweet by ESPN's Edward Aschoff, as he is still recovering from a knee injury suffered in Missouri's game against the Texas Longhorns on November 12.
Pinkel says RB Henry Josey is doing well with rehab but it's "a stretch" that he'll play this year— Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) July 17, 2012
Josey suffered a triple tear of his knee, his ACL, MCL and patellar tendon were all torn. Prior to that injury, Josey had led the Big 12 in rushing with 1,168 yards and averaged an NCAA-leading 8.6 yards per carry. He had rushed for nine touchdowns, including three in a 14 carry, 263 yards rushing performance against Western Illinois on September 17.
The hope here is that Josey's surgeries will help him recapture the form that he showed last season. Josey appears to be trying as hard as he can to come back as soon as he can, but I'm sure Tiger fans would rather see Josey back at full strength after a long hiatus.
His coach, Gary Pinkel, weighed in on Josey's outlook, and had this to say about next season and beyond:
"He's doing very, very well. I always get the question, 'Will he be able to play this season?' And my answer is he's got three years to play two. So, when he's ready to play, that's when he'll play."
Josey suffered the nasty injury in the Tigers' final game of the season against Texas. The recovery time from the injury has been prolonged because he needed to allow his knee time to recover from an initial surgery to repair his torn patellar tendon and meniscus. Now that he has sufficiently bounced back from that, he can move forward with tending to his ACL.
The surgery is expected to take place within the next two to three weeks.
Missouri Tigers running back Henry Josey, who suffered a devastating knee injury last season in which he tore his ACL, MCL and Patella, is working hard to get back on the field. The sophomore is hitting the weights hard to try to get to the point in which he can move his knee at 90 degrees so he can have his final surgery and his offensive coordinator David Yost is impressed with the running back's work ethic.
"He's doing tremendous on his rehab," said Missouri Tigers offensive coordinator David Yost. "He is working as hard in there as our guys working in the weight room to get himself back."
Josey led the Big 12 with 116 rushing yards per game before his injury against the Texas Longhorns in November. It's currently unclear at to whether or not he'll be ready for the start of the season, but if he's not, coaches plan to red shirt him so he doesn't lose a year of eligibility. Even if that's the case, Yost isn't worried about the running back position, though he knows have Josey back in 2012 would be nice.
"It would be really deep if you sit Henry Josey on top of that list as completely healthy, but I think we are going to be in good shape there," said Yost. "If Henry's back it's a bonus and we will get to just go and attack with him."
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The early word on Henry Josey’s injury from yesterday’s Missouri win over Texas 17-5 is that they’ve lost their star running back for the season. In a year where the breakout back was leading the Big 12 in rushing and averaging an NCAA high 8.6 yards per carry, Josey’s stock was sailing high. One play later and now everyone has to hope that proper rehab can help him return to form.
The word from Howard Richards, Missouri color commentator, is that the injury is a triple tear within his knee. He writes, "Just heard news about Tigers’ Henry Josey. Triple tear—ACL, MCL, patellar tendon. Devastating injury. Please keep him in your prayers.”
Mike DeArmond of the Kansas City Star confirmed the report that he’s out for the season and had words from Gary Pinkel after the game.
“I really feel bad for Henry,” said the Missouri coach. “Obviously, our whole football team does. Whatever happens, even if he has to have surgery, or whatever, we’ve got the best people to take care of him and we’ll get him back 100 percent.”
The rumors were already running rampant that Henry Josey, the star running back of the Missouri Tigers and leading rusher in the Big 12, was likely out for the season. Post-game reports from the Tigers upset win over the Texas Longhorns confirmed that Josey’s season was over and yet the official results were still unknown. However, it’s now clear the injury to Josey’s left knee is worse than anyone could have believed.
According to Howard Richards via Twitter, the injury is triple fold. He writes, “Just heard news about Tigers’ Henry Josey. Triple tear—ACL, MCL, patellar tendon. Devastating injury. Please keep him in your prayers.”
Josey ends the season among the best running backs in the country and was having a sensation breakout year. He ends the season with 1,168 rushing yards and 9 rushing touchdowns.
Mike DeArmond is confirming an earlier report with the worst news possible for the Missouri Tigers: Henry Josey is indeed out for the season. DeArmond just wrote via Twitter, “Orthodepic surgeon Dr. Pat Smith just told me Henry Josey is ‘Done. Done for the year.’ Ruptured tendon in left knee. Will still have an MRI.”
Josey was just announced as a semi-finalist for the Doak Walker Award, an annual prize given to the nation’s top running back in college football every February. Instead of being among the ones considered, Josey will be forced to rehab and hope he can return to form next season. At the point where his season ended, he was leading the Big 12 in rushing on the year with 1,168 yards on 145 carries.
Kendial Lawrence now takes over the starting tailback position for Mizzou and he performed well enough today against a stout Longhorns defense that they can still feel good about getting productivity from the spot with 106 yards on 18 carries and one touchdown.
As of yesterday, the Big 12 had four teams already eligible for a bowl game and another four on the edge. That only leaves two teams on the outside and one of those was the Missouri Tigers. Funny how 24 hours can change one’s perspective.
With today’s 17-5 win over the Texas Longhorns, the Missouri Tigers reached their fifth win of the season (to stand at 5-5 overall) with games against Texas Tech and Kansas coming up next. That’s a real good chance of 7-5 for Gary Pinkel’s squad and that means a firm bowl placement for a team ranked in the preseason top 25 in most polls.
James Franklin rose to the occasion when it was clear that the talents of Henry Josey would not be enough. Then when Josey went down with an injury in the third quarter, Franklin didn’t have any other offensive options but to become the leader. Fortunately, he performed like the team needed all day.
Franklin finished with an efficient 18 of 26 for 186 yards with zero touchdowns and interceptions. He also ran 11 times for 33 yards and a touchdown. Kendial Lawrence bolstered the running game with 106 yards on 18 carries.
The Tigers defense also deserves major credit for holding the Longhorns to five points. Kenji Jackson had an interception of David Ash and even when Texas switched QBs to Case McCoy, it still didn’t matter. The Longhorns were also held to 76 yards on 29 carries for a 2.6 yards/carry average.
The early report coming back on Henry Josey’s knee injury is that it’s as serious as it looked into today’s game between the Missouri Tigers and the Texas Longhorns. Eric Blumberg is reporting that Josey’s season is finished via Twitter and, if that’s the case, there goes the Big 12’s leading rusher and Missouri’s best offensive player this season.
During the game, the Longhorns defense had stifled Josey for only 19 yards on 11 carries. If that’s his final total on the season, that gives Josey 145 carries for 1,168 yards and 9 touchdowns this season.
Everyone was instantly concerned with the injury when it happened in the third quarter and even Texas head coach Mack Brown came across the field to check on the running back. After being carted off, it’s clear it was serious. There’s no official word yet, so Blumberg’s report is likely just a hunch.
While the Missouri Tigers will have plenty of opportunity to celebrate their 17-5 victory over the No. 16 ranked Texas Longhorns, the mood in the Tigers locker room will be somewhat down as the Big 12's leading rusher Henry Josey had to be carted off of the field after injuring his knee on a run play in the third quarter.
Even Texas coach Mack Brown came across the field to check on Josey.
While Josey's loss will be huge in the future success of the Missouri Tigers 2011 campaign, its good to know that they'll have someone who can step into his place. Kendial Lawrence performed admirably in Josey's stead, rushing for 106 yards, 18 carries and a touchdown in the second quarter. James Franklin also scored in the second quarter, from two yards out, that helped the Tigers push the lead to 14-3.
The Tigers defense might ultimately get the game ball from head coach Gary Pinkel, as the Longhorns were only able to muster 76 rushing yards on the day. Longhorns' tailback Foswhitt Whittaker went down in the first quarter with a serious leg injury as well, and did not return. Turnovers and a lack of rhythm on offense did the Longhorns in, as they failed to put a touchdown up on the board.
The Tigers have now crept back to .500 at 5-5, and are now one win from being bowl-eligible. Texas falls to 6-3.
Missouri is showing that they're capable of playing top-notch football versus the Texas Longhorns, but all thoughts are with the Big 12's leading rusher Henry Josey. Josey went down midway through the third quarter, as he planted along the left sideline and his knee buckled. Josey's been taken off on a cart and his status is unknown at this point.
After Josey was taken off the field, Missouri punted from their own 11 and had their punt blocked into the back of the endzone. The safety put the Longhorns down 17-5 as one block begets another.
Previously, Missouri's Alex Waters punt block on a Texas punt attempt by Justin Tucker in the third quarter gave the Tigers the ball on the one-yard line. Unable to score on three rushing attempts from the one, Missouri kicker Trey Barrow placed a field goal through the uprights from 18-yards out to give the Tigers a then 17-3 lead over the Longhorns.
The Missouri Tigers might be growing up before our very eyes. When you look up and down the roster, you see a ton of underclassmen across the two-deep. Quarterback James Franklin's a sophomore, tailback Henry Josey's a sophomore and the defense is still in rebuild mode after losing stars like Aldon Smith from last year's unit.
Not making mistakes on offens, being sound on defense and making big plays occasionally on special teams is what makes for winning football.
So far Texas quarterbacks Davis Ash and Case McCoy are just 9-18 passing for 98 yards. The Longhorns rushing attack has been muted for just 60 yards on 25 carries. Foswhitt Whittaker went down with a serious leg injury in the first quarter and 4th-string tailback Jeremy Hills has had to come in and carry the rock.
Missouri sophomore tailback Henry Josey has left the game versus the Texas Longhorns after suffering a serious knee injury. Josey went down midway through the third quarter, as he planted along the left sideline and his knee buckled. Josey immediately began writhing in pain and grabbed at his knee. Josey's been taken off on a cart and his status is unknown at this point.
Josey had struggled thus far in today's contest versus the Longhorns, running for just 19 yards on 11 carries.
If Josey is unable to return, junior tailback Kendial Lawrence will step into his place for the Missouri Tigers. Lawrence has already scored on a 27-yard touchdown for Gary Pinkel's offense, and thus far has 81 yards rushing on just 9 carries. The Tigers as a team has 109 rushing yards total.
The old and wise folks in our families have a tendency to say that "things happen in the series of three." For the Texas Longhorns, their tailback situation has now seen three of their ball carriers suffer from injury recently.
Longhorns tailbacks Malcolm Brown (turf toe) and Joe Bergeron (hamstring) have already been dealing with injuries and in their contest versus the Missouri Tigers, were only going to be considered for emergency duty if necessary. However, when Fozzy Whittaker went down with a serious leg injury in the first quarter, the situation changed.
Whittaker was unable to put weight on the leg after trainers helped him up to take him off the field.
The Longhorns scored on a 12-play, 78-yard drive early in the first quarter. The drive culminated into a 27-yard field goal by Justin Tucker.
So far, Missouri QB James Franklin is 6-6 passing for 49 yards.
Injury problems are nothing new for Texas Longhorns running back Fozzy Whittaker. Yet to lose him again would be a blow to a position for the Longhorns that has already seen its share of loss. The starting RB for today’s game against the Missouri Tigers has reportedly went down already in the first quarter of today’s game.
Mike DeArmond writes via Twitter, “Fozzy Whitaker is down on the field for Texas after falling on run and it looks like a knee. Helped off field. Another RB injury for Texas.” Eric Blumberg also notes, “Texas RB Fozzy Whittaker is an NCAA track star. Injured his knee on the Longhorns first possession. Didn’t look good.”
On the season, Whittaker has 62 carries for 371 yards and 6 touchdowns.
The Missouri Tigers have already learned that Henry Josey can be a major force on the field. After all, in some ways, he’s been the most impressive runner in the nation this year. However to leave the Big 12 with a bright SEC-sized smile on their faces, the Tigers will need every ounce of Josey’s skills to beat the Texas Longhorns today and stay eligible for a bowl in what has been a very disappointing season for Mizzou.
As for Josey, 2011 has been an incredible season personally. Josey is not only the Big 12’s leading rusher with 134 carries for 1,149 yards and 9 touchdowns, but he’s also amazing at breaking open the big play. As ESPN notes, “His 43 rushes for 10+ yards are 9 more than any other FBS player.”
The bad news is that Texas has the best run defense in the Big 12, the only team allowing less than 100 rushing yards/game in the conference. It’s going to be a tall order for Josey and company today but if the Tigers are going to walk away with a win today, it will likely be because Josey found a way to break through Texas’ strong defense and make an impact on the field.
Gary Pinkel could be facing the Texas Longhorns for the last time with Missouri's move to the SEC in 2012 and will be trying to pick up his first victory over a Mack Brown led Texas team.
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