COLUMBIA — When Missouri runs through its pregame introductions Saturday at Memorial Stadium, it’s safe to say no one will get a louder ovation than junior running back Henry Josey.
By TEREZ A. PAYLOR
The Kansas City Star
Josey will be making his first game appearance since Nov. 3, 2011, when he suffered a devastating knee injury against Texas that caused many to wonder whether he’d ever play again.
“The first time he runs that ball in a game, it’s certainly going to be a moment we were all waiting for,” Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. “Here’s a guy who was fifth in the nation in rushing, who was All-Big 12 as a sophomore with a tremendous future ahead of him and one that I thought was a great player. It’s exciting to see him play.”
Josey, a 5-foot-10, 190-pounder from Galveston, Texas, rushed for 1,168 yards and eight touchdowns before he got hurt as a sophomore. After a year of rehab and hard work, he knows he will have a myriad of emotions when Missouri kicks off against Murray State at 6 p.m.
“I have a lot of anticipation, just to be back on the field, it’s a crazy feeling I have right now,” Josey told the Mizzou Network. “That first carry is going to be the mark. I hope it’s a good one. I’m praying for it, I’ve been thinking about it a whole lot, I’ve been dreaming about it, I can’t wait to just get out there and do it.”