The Missouri Tigers are preparing for year two in the SEC after a rough inaugural run through their new conference. If they hope to find any more success in 2013, they will need to get better performances from just about every position. Having running back Henry Josey return at full strength next season would go a long way in turning the Tigers around.
Josey rushed for 1,168 yards and nine touchdowns during his sophomore season in 2011. He was lost for all of 2012, however, with a knee injury and his ability to come back at full speed this spring and next fall will go a long ways in determining just how effective the Missouri running game will be next season.
Establishing a running game will give the Tigers some much needed balance next season that will take some of the pressure off of quarterback James Franklin, who is looking for a bounceback season of his own in 2013. Giving the offense an added dimension with the running game would give Missouri some staying power in the tough SEC.
Getting Josey into the mix next fall is an integral part of Missouri’s chances in the SEC. If Missouri is able to establish the run, they’ll have a chance to hang in with a lot more regularity next season after getting run off the field more often than not. They lost conference games by 21 points or more four different times and were able to scratch out just two wins in conference play.
Missouri has a history of being a good program and if they hope to get back to that winning tradition, they must have Henry Josey return to form. If not, the Tigers should expect another rough run through the vaunted SEC.