Injuries Test Missouri's Depth at Running Back

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COLUMBIA (AP) -- A rash of injuries has left sophomore Henry Josey as the self-proclaimed "last man standing" in the Missouri backfield.

Josey was the Tigers' third-string tailback until starter Kendial Lawrence broke his leg in practice last week. Senior De'Vion Moore sprained his ankle four days later in the Tigers' 37-30 overtime loss at Arizona State.

Sophomore Marcus Murphy didn't even make it out of preseason camp, suffering a season-ending shoulder injury.

Josey says he's ready for the added responsibility, starting Saturday against Western Illinois. He ran for 94 yards on nine carries against Arizona State and caught two passes for 51 yards.

Josey was the team's second-leading rusher in 2010 as a freshman, with a career-best three touchdowns and 112 rushing yards against McNeese State.