The book on: RB Henry Josey

The definitive predraft profile on the Vikings’ newest running back, Henry Josey, with stats, measurables and his history dating back to high school.

Henry Josey
University of Missouri Tigers
Angleton, Texas
Angleton High School

One of the feel-good stories of the year, Josey had Missouri fans all over rooting for his comeback from a devastating knee injury late in the 2011 season, which stopped short a hugely successful year for him. After he sat out all of 2012 recovering from multiple surgeries and did a stellar job during the rehabilitation process, he made a successful return to full contact during 2013 spring drills.

By the time the 2013 season commenced, Josey was back at his customary spot at the top of the depth chart, having yet another stellar campaign for the Tigers. He would amass 1,074 yards with 13 touchdowns on 174 carries (6.6 ypc). With 1,168 yards in 10 games before he was injured in 2011, he holds the rare distinction of being only the second player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in multiple seasons, joining Tony Temple (1063 yards in 2006 and 1,039 yards in 2007).

Shortly after Missouri handed Oklahoma State a 41-31 defeat at the Cotton Bowl, Josey announced that he decided to bypass his final year of eligibility and make himself available for the 2014 NFL Draft. The tailback had just earned Offensive Player of the Game honors after he scored three times on just 12 carries for 92 yards vs. the Cowboys in the bowl clash.

One of his carries produced the game-winning score from 16 yards out with 3:08 left in the contest. He also scored from 25 yards out earlier in the quarter to break a 17-17 tie, after he opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 3-yard run that staked Mizzou to a 7-0 lead. He also caught a pass for 10 yards and ended his junior season with a combined 14 touchdowns (thirteen rushing, one receiving) to rank second in the Southeastern Conference.

Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel said that while his program would miss Josey, he supports his decision.

"Henry Josey is a first-class person any way you cut it, and anytime you take that out of your program, it leaves a void," said Pinkel. "He is such an amazing competitor, and I've said time and again just how inspiring he has been for our team the last two years. We were so proud of him for overcoming everything he had to deal with, and to be such a positive influence on and off the field. We're going to miss him, no question, but Henry wants to pursue his dream of playing professionally and we wish him nothing but the best and we'll do everything we can to help him reach that goal. The Mizzou Football program is in better shape because of his efforts, so we're grateful for the time he spent with us, and we know he'll represent Mizzou well going forward."

Josey started 23 of 37 games, becoming only the second player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in multiple seasons…Carried 395 times for 2,771 yards (7.02 ypc) and 30 touchdowns, adding 175 yards and a score on 24 receptions (7.29 ypc) and returned seven kickoffs for 169 yards (24.14 avg)…His 263 yards rushing vs. Western Illinois in 2011 rank fourth on the school game-record chart…His 1,168 rushing yards in 2011 rank fifth and 1,074 yards in 2013 rank ninth on Missouri’s annual record list…Closed out his career as the fifth-leading rusher in school history.

Josey returned to the field after missing the 2012 season due to injury … finished his remarkable comeback season with 1,074 rushing yards on just 174 attempts for an outstanding 6.6 yards-per-carry average … His career rushing yards total of 2,771 ranks fifth all-time at Mizzou, while his 30 career rushing touchdowns ranks fourth all-time and second among non-quarterbacks … Went out in style with three rushing touchdowns in the 41-31 win vs. No. 13 Oklahoma State in the 2014 Cotton Bowl Classic, earning MVP honors ... Topped over a 100 rushing yards for the fourth time this season, with a 123-yard effort against Auburn … Produced the game-winning 57-yard touchdown run at the 3:34 mark in the 4th quarter vs. Texas A&M … Had two rushing TDs (95 yards total) in the win at No. 24 Ole Miss … Recorded his 10th career 100-yard rushing game with a 113-yard game in the win vs. Kentucky, including the third-longest rush in school history (86 yards) … Rushed for 113 yards, including a 68-yard TD sprint, in his first game in 22 months, the season-opening win vs. Murray State.

Josey sat out the season while continuing recovery from knee injury sustained late in 2011.

The sophomore suffered a season-ending knee injury against Texas ... Despite the injury, totaled the fifth-best rushing season in team history with 1,168 yards, nine touchdowns and an 8.1 ypc average ... At the time of the injury led the Big 12 Conference and ranked fifth nationally in rushing (finished 2nd and 12th, respectively) ... Led the team with 7.2 yards per carry against Miami (Ohio) in the season opener ... Finished the game with six carries for 43 yards ... Broke off two runs of more than 10 yards, one 11 yards and the other 12, with both coming in the second quarter ... Led all rushers in Missouri's game against Arizona State with 94 yards on nine carries, good for a 10.4 average ... Helped the Tigers tie the game at 16-16 early in the second half after picking up 36 yards on a reception ... Finished the game with two catches for 51 yards ... With Mizzou backed up deep in their own territory late in the fourth, Josey rumbled for 39 yards to get the Tigers near midfield ... Became just the fourth Tiger in history to have a 35-yard run and 35-yard reception in the same game ... Ran for 263 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries against Western Illinois, averaging 18.79 yards per attempt in just one half of work ... His 263 yards was the highest single-game output in the NCAA to that point, and was the fourth-highest single-game total in MU history ... Scored from 6 yards and 21 yards out in the first quarter before breaking off a 68-yard score with 52 seconds left in the first half ... Earned co-Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors for his showing against the Leathernecks ... Exploded for 133 yards rushing on just 14 carries against Oklahoma, good for an average of 9.5 per carry... Recorded a touchdown on a 48-yard scamper in the fourth quarter against the Sooners ... Carried the ball 12 times against Kansas State, picking up 55 yards on the ground with a score ... Crossed the century mark for the third time this season, rushing the ball 19 times for 129 yards and a touchdown against the Iowa State Cyclones ... Also opened the game with a 43-yard kickoff return, which was the longest of the year for Mizzou ... Carried the ball 25 times for 138 yards against Oklahoma State for his fourth 100-yard game of the season and a personal best in conference play ... Topped that performance a week later with his third straight 100-yard rushing game in conference play, totaling 162 yards on the ground against Texas A&M ... Scored on an 11-yard run in the fourth quarter to give Missouri their first lead of the game since it was 14-7 after the first ... Rushed for 132 yards on just 15 carries at Baylor for this fourth straight 100-yard game, as he scored twice in the first half on scampers of six yards and two yards.

Josey was named the team's freshman of the year for his contributions to MU's 10-win season ... Was 2nd on the team with 437 rushing yards, and his 5.8 average per carry tied for best on the team among those with 25 tries or more ... Burst onto the scene with a record-setting day in the home opener against McNeese State, running for 112 yards on seven carries and 3 TDs (6, 6 and 62 yards) ... Scored on three of his first four carries ... Was the first true freshman to score three TDs for MU since 1995 (Corby Jones) ... Ran the ball eight times for 54 yards against Miami (Ohio) ... Had a 28-yard TD run against Miami ... Had a team-high 14 carries against Oklahoma for 64 yards ... Also had one reception for nine yards against OU ... Ran the ball nine times for 49 yards in the win over Kansas and scored on a 10-yard run in the 2nd quarter of the Insight Bowl against Iowa.

4.43 in the 40-yard dash…1.58 10-yard dash…2.47 20-yard dash…4.13 20-yard shuttle…
11.67 60-yard shuttle…7.07 three-cone drill…34½-inch vertical jump…9’10” broad jump… Bench pressed 225 pounds 20 times…30¼-inch arm length…9½-inch hands…73 1/8-inch wingspan.

Josey attended Angleton (Tex.) High School, playing football for head coach Finis Vanover … Starred as a running back and in a number of roles on defense ... Was an all-district running back each of his last two seasons, while also earning all-district honors as a defensive back as a senior ... On offense in 2009, ran for 1,369 yards and 15 touchdowns, while adding a pair of receiving scores as well ... Preceded that with a junior season that included 1,267 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns ... Prior to that, was an all-district linebacker as a sophomore, when he recorded 67 tackles.

Raised by his grandparents, Thomas & Eula Josey ... Lists hobbies as fishing and relaxing ... Chose Mizzou over TCU, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Purdue and Baylor, among others … Resides in Angleton, Texas.

201013 01076 043705.75 05 62 033.62
201110 08145 116808.06 09 68 116.80
201314 14174 107406.17 13 86 076.71
TOTAL37 23395 277107.02 27 86 074.89

2010 04 01904.75 00 09 01 020 20.00 00 20
2011 10 09109.10 00 36 06 149 24.83 00 43
2013 10 06506.50 01 16 00 000 00.00 00 00
TOTAL 24 17507.29 01 36 07 169 24.14 00 43

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