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2015 NFL DRAFT

Henry Josey, RB

School: Missouri  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Angleton, TX
Height/Weight: 5-8 / 194 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
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Player News
05/13/2014 - Eagles Sign 15 Rookie Free Agents: Henry Josey, RB - Missouri...After overcoming remarkable odds following a knee injury sustained late in the 2011 season, Josey returned to action in 2013 and became just the second Missouri running back to post two 1,000-yard seasons in a career, tallying 1,166 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns as a junior. Prior to his injury, Josey totaled the fifth-best rushing season in team history in 2011, recording 1,168 yards and nine touchdowns while ranking first in the Big 12 and fifth nationally in rushing at the time of the injury. A two-way star at Angleton (TX) High School, he earned all-district honors as a running back and defensive back as a senior in 2009. - PhiladelphiaEagles.com

05/07/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft: 126 FBS programs, 126 possible UDFAs: MISSOURI: RB Henry Josey (5-8, 194, 4.43)...Some thought his football career was over after a 2012 knee injury, but Josey returned in 2013 as a senior and led the Tigers in rushing, averaging 6.7 yards per carry. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/07/2014 - Missouri RB Josey entering NFL Draft...Missouri running back Henry Josey has decided not to risk suffering another major injury, and announced he will forgo his senior season to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. It's a big gamble by Josey, the No. 19-rated junior running back by NFLDraftScout.com who may have been able to improve his draft stock by returning to school in 2014. Josey (5-10, 190) rushed for 1,168 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore in 2011 before suffering a gruesome season-ending knee injury that nearly proved to be career-ending as he tore his left anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and patellar tendon.

After sitting out the 2012 season, Josey returned to rush for 1,166 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2013, and closed out his career by earning offensive MVP honors in the Tigers' Cotton Bowl victory. Highly productive when healthy, Josey will first need to satisfy any concerns about the strength of his knee during medical evaluations, but could quickly rise up draft boards with good workouts leading up to May's draft. "This is really a bittersweet decision to make," Josey said in a statement released by Missouri's athletic department Tuesday. "I'm so grateful to Mizzou and my coaches and teammates and fans for all of their support and everything they've meant to me these past four years. It's difficult to think I won't be with them next year. "But I'm really excited to have a chance to play professionally and work on fulfilling a dream I've had since I was a little kid." Josey joins defensive lineman Kony Ealy as Tigers who have announced they will leave school early for the 2014 draft. - The Sports Xchange

01/04/2014 - One second Oklahoma State was moving in for a possible go-ahead score in the Cotton Bowl. The next, Missouri defensive end Shane Ray was rumbling 73 yards for a touchdown that sealed a 41-31 victory for the Tigers on Friday night at AT&T Stadium. Cowboys quarterback Clint Chelf had already completed a pass to convert a fourth-and-8 and ran 23 yards for another first down during Oklahoma State's march in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. But when Chelf dropped back to pass on third-and-7, Tigers defensive end Michael Sam sacked him and stripped the ball. Ray scooped it and ran for a knockout touchdown as No. 8 Missouri downed the 13th-ranked Cowboys.

That decided a back-and-forth affair that looked like it might go Oklahoma State's way, simply because the Cowboys would have the ball last. Before Ray's fumble return for a touchdown, Tigers running back Henry Josey ran 16 yards for a touchdown to put Missouri (12-2) ahead 34-31 with 3:08 left. Josey finished with a game-high 92 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Chelf, who passed for 377 yards and ran for 52, heated up in the fourth quarter and seemed to be ready to lead Oklahoma State (10-3) to a come-from-behind win. But his third turnover of the game -- he threw two interceptions -- sank the Cowboys. - The Sports Xchange

01/04/2014 - Henry Josey ran for 92 yards and three touchdowns, the last a 16-yarder with 3:08 left, and No. 9 Missouri beat No. 13 Oklahoma State 41-31 in the Cotton Bowl on Friday night. The former Big 12 and Big Eight rivals traded points on six consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter, until Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf was sacked and fumbled with a minute left. Defensive lineman Shane Ray picked up the ball and rumbled 76 yards down the sideline in front of the stunned Cowboys bench to score. SEC East champion Missouri (12-2) matched its school record for victories, giving the SEC its 10th win in the last 11 Cotton Bowls, all against the Big 12. Oklahoma State (10-3) had overcome a 10-point deficit by converting two turnovers by Mizzou quarterback James Franklin into points in a 3??-minute span. - AP Sports

12/01/2013 - A 57-yard sprint to the end zone by Henry Josey sent No. 5 Missouri to the SEC championship game in Atlanta with a 28-21 win over 19th-ranked Texas A&M on Saturday night. With the scored tied 21-21, the Missouri offense went quiet in the fourth quarter as the game plan went away from its trio of running backs. Facing a third-and-1 with under four minutes remaining in the game, James Franklin handed the ball to Josey out of a pistol formation. Josey raced through the line of scrimmage, hurdling an ankle tackle by a Texas A&M defender. Fifty-seven yards later, Josey was in the end zone, giving Missouri a 28-21 lead.

The Tigers' defense held on from there, forcing Johnny Manziel and the high-powered Aggies offense into two consecutive three-and-outs. After the Aggies scored on a nine-play, 98-yard touchdown drive with 10:43 left in the game, Missouri's defense held them to nine plays that netted 1 yard. It was a stunning turn of events for Missouri, who came into this season predicted to finish sixth in the SEC East. In its biggest game to date, the Tigers saw a 17-0 fourth-quarter lead against South Carolina evaporate into a double-overtime loss. That defeat set the stage for Saturday's win-and-in situation. Missouri had to win to advance to the SEC championship in Atlanta. A loss would have sent the Gamecocks, whose conference schedule ended two weeks ago. - The Sports Xchange

12/01/2013 - Henry Josey broke loose for the go-ahead score on a 57-yard run with 3:34 to go and Missouri wrapped up the SEC East. Missouri (11-1, 7-1 SEC) advances to the conference championship game against Auburn - a matchup of schools very lightly regarded before the season.

Missouri has made a six-win improvement from its initial SEC season and fourth-ranked Auburn (11-1, 7-1) has topped last year's total by eight after stunning No. 1 Alabama. Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel was held in check for the second straight week, throwing one touchdown pass and rushing for 21 yards on 11 carries. He was 24 for 35 for 195 yards. - AP Sports

09/05/2013 - Scouting the Missouri running game: It came against an FCS team, but Missouri's run game didn't lack in the big-play department. Offensive coordinator Josh Henson utilized more between-the-tackle running, and Russell Hansbrough and Henry Josey flourished. Those two guys will receive the majority of carries against Toledo, and while they're similar in style and stature, keeping each other fresh could pay off late in games. - The Sports Xchange

08/29/2013 - Henry Josey doesn't know what to expect when he trots onto Faurot Field on Saturday. There will likely be the familiar feelings of joy and nervousness that typically accompany the start of a new season. But there may also be some tears, though the Missouri running back says he'll do his best to hide them. Josey will be playing in his first game in nearly two years after being sidelined since Nov. 12, 2011, when he sustained a gruesome injury that tore his left anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and patellar tendon. ''A blessing,'' he said about his return. ''A very crazy blessing.''

Tens of thousands - including his two-year-old son, Henry Jr. - will cheer him on, but Josey says the key to keeping his emotions in check is staying within himself. He talks to himself daily, offering reminders to focus on the task at hand. After more than a year of painstaking rehab, it's some of the best therapy he has. Simply running out of the locker room pales in comparison to the surgeries. ''The first time he runs the ball in the game, it certainly will be a moment we've all been waiting for,'' coach Gary Pinkel said.

Whatever happens, Josey says he won't be worrying about his knee. He can't if he wants to replicate his all-Big 12 season in 2011. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound junior from Angleton, Texas, relied on misdirection and raw speed to amass 1,168 yards, good for third in the conference despite only playing in 10 games. His 8.1 yards per carry ranked first. - AP Sports

08/26/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: RB Henry Josey - Missouri's star running back for 10 games in 2011, was recently cleared for non-contact drills after injuring his knee toward the end of the 2011 season. After Saturday's game, Gary Pinkel said Josey will be back in 2013. Josey ran for 1,168 yards in 2011, averaging over eight yards per carry. He might lose some of his explosiveness, but having Josey back in any capacity could boost Missouri's offense. - The Sports Xchange

07/20/2013 - 2013 DOAK WALKER AWARD WATCH LIST: Henry Josey (Jr.), Missouri...Returning from a knee injury in 2011 that forced him to miss the entire 2012 season, Josey has battled back to sit atop the depth chart heading into fall drills. He rushed for 1,168 yards in 2011 despite missing the final three games of the campaign. At the time, the Tiger was leading the Big 12 Conference and ranked fifth nationally in rushing. He finished the season with First Team All-Big 12 recognition. Josey recorded nine touchdowns on the ground that year and has 14 rushing scores for his career. - Missouri football

 
Player News
05/13/2014 - Eagles Sign 15 Rookie Free Agents: Henry Josey, RB - Missouri...After overcoming remarkable odds following a knee injury sustained late in the 2011 season, Josey returned to action in 2013 and became just the second Missouri running back to post two 1,000-yard seasons in a career, tallying 1,166 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns as a junior. Prior to his injury, Josey totaled the fifth-best rushing season in team history in 2011, recording 1,168 yards and nine touchdowns while ranking first in the Big 12 and fifth nationally in rushing at the time of the injury. A two-way star at Angleton (TX) High School, he earned all-district honors as a running back and defensive back as a senior in 2009. - PhiladelphiaEagles.com
 

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