It is certainly easy to root for Missouri Tigers running back Henry Josey. After all, Josey suffered a devastating knee injury near the end of the 2011 season in a game against the Texas Longhorns. Josey’s knee had to be reconstructed, and he missed the entire 2012 season, the first for Missouri in the Southeastern Conference.
In 2013, Josey has returned, and has played very well. He leads Mizzou in rushing yards with 1,074, and he will lead his team into a Cotton Bowl matchup against its former Big 12 Conference rival, the Oklahoma State Cowboys, on January 3.
Many wondered aloud if Josey would ever return to action after the gruesome injury he suffered in 2011. However, with the help of the surgeons and physical therapists, Josey was able to return to the field this season. And while he may not have the burst that he had before being injured, he is still one of the fastest players on the field in nearly every game.
The injury to Josey, as well as multiple injuries to starting quarterback James Franklin, derailed the 2012 season for the Tigers. But head coach Gary Pinkel regrouped his squad for this season, and the result was an SEC Eastern Division title, an appearance in the SEC Championship Game, and a big-time bowl game.
Now, Josey will have a chance to show a national audience that he is fully healed, and to add to his comeback story. And for fans that will see him for the first time, they will have a hard time not rooting for Henry Josey.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.