Henry Josey Almost Breaks Single Game Rushing Record
COLUMBIA - The Tigers' victory Saturday against Western Illinois produced a performance that almost broke a single-game rushing record.
"I did not know I was going to break that record," Henry Josey said, "I know I had to have a good game and help my team out the best way that I could and that's all I was trying to do."
Henry Josey was only 57 yards shy of the Mizzou single game rushing record at halftime, but Coach Pinkel decided to sit him out for the second half. "269 yards and 14 carries, what was the record?...Someone should've told me that," Coach Pinkel said, "someone would've told me that and I'd have got it done."
Even though Josey battles injury, it did not seem to slow him down. "A few times you could tell, when the guys caught him downfield, it's like 'aww, his hamstring is bothering him', but other times he looked really good out there and it's definitely exciting to know that we have that capability in the running game" said quarterback James Franklin.
"What Henry can bring a little bit to you, is he can take it, he could get big plays and turn an eight yard gain into a 38 yards gain in a flash, and I think players like blocking for a guy like that" said Coach Pinkel. "We make holes for him and he just runs...and he had a lot of room to run today" said offensive lineman Justin Britt.
Joesy averaged more than 18 yards every time he touched the ball. "My offensive line did a hell of a job tonight and I just took advantage of every hole - ten to 15 a pop - and I don't know, my eyes were big just seein it still" Josey said.
Josey now leads the Big 12 with more than 133 yards rushing per game bringing him to 400 yards for the season.