University of Missouri

Cotton Bowl notes: Small stir concerning Josey’s future

Updated: 2014-01-01T04:26:37Z

By TOD PALMER

The Kansas City Star

— Missouri junior running back Henry Josey, whose comeback from three knee surgeries has inspired the Tigers and their fans during a turnaround 2013 season, created a small stir Monday regarding his future.

Josey tweeted an Instagram picture in which he posed with fellow running backs Marcus Murphy and Russell Hansbrough on the turf at AT&T Stadium with the caption that read in part, “Last time getting to do this thang with my boys!”

Some people took that as a declaration Josey would forego his senior season and enter the NFL Draft, but Josey said that was digging too deep.

Josey, who leads Missouri with 162 carries for 1,074 yards and 13 touchdowns, had previously indicated he plans to return for his senior season.

“Yes, I want to come back and, yes, I want to graduate,” Josey said. “That’s something, I made a promise to my grandma and a couple other people in my life. It’s a big decision, but I’m staying in the moment right now.”

Officially, he said he hasn’t made a final decision yet.

“I’m focused on winning this game and helping my seniors go out with a great bang,” Josey said.

Highlight of the week?

As awesome as AT&T Stadium is and as much fun as the players have had around town, Missouri sophomore center Evan Boehm said the highlight of the trip so far was a visit Tuesday afternoon to the Children’s Medical Center.

The entire Tigers’ roster made the trip and spent a few hours interacting with the young patients.

“Seeing all those kids smile and doing arts and crafts, starting conga lines with the little kids, just getting them in line and dancing with them, seeing them smile — it’s pretty cool to see,” Boehm said. “… Knowing where they are at and you being able to put a smile on their face, it’s pretty cool.”

Pinkel seeks all-time wins record

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel remains tied with Don Faurot for the most coaching victories in program history.

Pinkel, who is 101-63 in 13 seasons with the Tigers, missed a chance to break that tie at the SEC Championship game. Faurot guided Missouri to a 101-79-10 record in 19 seasons.

There’s a growing feeling among the Tigers’ players that it’s important not to waste another opportunity.

“For the senior class, it would be very special for us to be the ones who get coach Pinkel as the winningest coach,” senior left tackle Justin Britt said. “Being here for five years, you grow and coach Pinkel really becomes your dad for a little bit. We all love and respect him. We have a really special relationship with him.”

Spencer praises Green-Beckham

Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer heaped high praise on Missouri sophomore wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.

Spencer, who coached at Georgia Tech from 2001-03 and helped recruit Calvin Johnson, said Green-Beckham compares favorably to Megatron.

That’s Johnson’s nickname after establishing himself as arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL during the last seven seasons.

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