Missouri Tigers: Henry Josey Headed to NFL Draft

Spruce Derden, USA TODAY SPORTS

On Tuesday, Henry Josey announced that he will forego his senior season with the Missouri Tigers and enter the NFL Draft.

Josey led the Tigers with 1,166 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns during the 2013 campaign. He averaged 6.7 yards per carry in 2013, when he became just the second Missouri Tiger to ever record two 1,000-yard rushing seasons in a career.

His final game in a Missouri uniform was a memorable one. Josey rushed for three touchdowns, including the game-winning score with 3:08 remaining, as Mizzou beat their former Big 12 Conference rivals, the Oklahoma State Cowboys, 41-31 in the Cotton Bowl. Josey finished the game with 92 yards on the ground, as well as a 10-yard reception.

Many were not sure what to expect from Josey in 2013. He missed the entire 2012 season after suffering a devastating knee injury near the end of the 2011 campaign. However, Josey appeared to be fully healthy this year, carrying the ball a team-best 174 times.

Josey is listed at 5-10, 190 pounds, which is smaller than many NFL backs. He’s also not quite as quick as he was before the knee injury. However, Josey showed a great amount of heart and determination to return to the field, and that’s something that cannot be measured by NFL scouts.

He proved his worth on the field this season, and if an NFL team will give him a legitimate shot to compete for playing time, one would be foolish to bet against Henry Josey having a solid professional career.

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.

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