Story by Joe Vozzelli and Peter Marek
Tailback Henry Josey watches as the team goes through practice in this August, 2012, photo. Josey says he’s ready to return to the game next year after taking this year to heal and rehabilitate his injured knee.
On October 27, South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore sustained a gruesome, season-ending knee injury in a game against Tennessee. For many Missouri fans, it brought back the day last year when star tailback Henry Josey sustained a similar rare knee injury.
On a cloudy, cold day in November 2011, Josey tore the anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and patella tendon in his left knee against Texas. The injury was called “one in a million” by the surgeon who repaired the knee. Josey, an Angleton, Texas, native had two surgeries on his knee to fully repair the damage to the ligaments.
In this story Josey talks about how his 21-month old son, Henry Jr, has provided extra motivation for him to get back to the player he was in his stellar 2011 season. Josey ran for 1,168 yards and nine touchdowns in nine games that season. His 8.1 yards per carry average made him one of the most dangerous tailbacks in college football.