The rise of the Missouri Tigers has been one of the biggest stories of the 2013 college football season. A 5-7 campaign last year left many wondering if this team could survive in the SEC, but they are now poised to win the SEC East and face the Alabama Crimson Tide for the SEC CHampionship in Atlanta in a month.
Their rise to prominence has coincided with the amazing comeback of running back Henry Josey. The a junior back from Angleton, Texas had missed nearly two years of football, including the entire 2012 season, after his knee was shredded during a victory against the Texas Longhorns on Nov. 12, 2011.
Josey required multiple surgeries and extensive rehabilitation to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament, a torn medial collateral ligament and a torn patellar tendon. Needless to say, it was a longshot he’d ever resume his football career.
But after it appeared football would have to take a backseat to Josey’s life, he rehabbed and worked his tail off to eventually get back onto the football field, and is now the Tiger’s leading rusher with 760 yards and 10 touchdowns and has helped Mizzou ascend atop the SEC East.
This weekend against the Kentucky Wildcats, Josey ran for 113 yards and a pair of TDs performance that helped the Tigers get the road win and remain atop the SEC East with just two games remaining.