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.
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.
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“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.”