Hello Nation and welcome to another post of "Diamond in the Rough". Last time, we looked at Eastern Illinois Qb, Jimmy Garoppolo. If you didn't get the chance to read it, HERE IS THE LINK.
Today, I will be reviewing Henry Josey out Missouri. He is one of the most explosive players I have seen, and definitely one of the most exciting. If you haven't heard of him, then pull up a seat and make some popcorn. Because after you read this, it will be hard not to like this guy, if not love him.
So here he is nation, the speedy back of the Missouri Tigers.
Conference: Big 12
40 time: 4.38
games played: 37
Longest Rush: 86 yards
Projected Round: 3-6
Position Rank: 19
If you guys have not heard about Henry Josey, then your not paying enough attention to college football.
Josey first burst onto the scene as True Freshman in 2010, where he rushed for 437 Yards and 5 touchdowns. averaging 5.8 yards per carry. Josey was named the team's freshman of the year. He was 2nd on the team in rushing, and was the first true freshman to have a 100+ yard game in Missouri Tiger history since 1995.
It wasn't until 2011 that everyone and their grandmother would learn of the sensation that was Henry Josey. Nine games into the season, he had ran for 1,168 Yards for 9 touchdowns on 145 carries -- an average of 8.1 yards per carry. Then all of a sudden, a massive injury.
In a game against Texas late in the season, he tore both his ACL and MCL, tore cartilages in his knee, tore his meniscus, and patellar tendon. Before the injury, Josey was leading the Big 12 in rushing and ranked 5th nationally. He ended up missing the final 4 games of the year, but he still finished 2nd in the Big 12 in rushing and 12th in the nation.
His biggest games came against Western Illinois, where he ran for 263 yards and 3 TD's. He broke off 133 yards against Oklahoma, 162 yards against Texas A&M, and 132 yards against Baylor. At season's end, he was named 1st team All Big-12, team MVP, and was a semifinalist for the Doak Walker award which honors the nations top running back.
He remained out the entirety of 2012 as he rehabbed his knee injury.
When he returned for the 2013 season, Missouri had joined the SEC and many wondered if he could make a comeback and play well against tougher opponents. And, you know what? He didn't disappoint. Josey had 100+ yard games against SEC powerhouses Florida and Auburn as well as Murray St. and Kentucky while gashing Texas A&M and Ole' Miss for 90+ yards. Josey finished the season as the 5th ranked rusher in the SEC behind the likes of T.J. Yeldon, Tre Mason, Mike Davis, and Jeremy Hill.
His 1166 rushing yards had him ranked 31st in the FBS. He also added 16 TD's and averaged 6.6 yards per carry. In the Cotton Bowl against Oklahoma State, Josey ran for 92 yards on 12 carries for 3 TD's.
He finished as the only running back in Missouri Tiger history to rush for two 1,000-yard seasons.
Josey is the kind of player people talk about when they use the term "home run hitter". He has the speed to take it the distance and is not a one trick pony. He has great agility and acceleration. Despite his small size, Josey has very good field vision. He is patient, letting his blocks develop before he bursts through the hole.
Scouts will be looking closely at his knee during the combine and workouts. But judging by the fact that he stayed healthy all through the 2013 season, while besting his 2011 season and retaining his acceleration, speed, and cutback ability. I would say the Josey's Knee is completely healed, and will not have a problem in the future. The type of injury that Josey had, was a lot worse than Marcus Lattimore's and Adrian Peterson's -- both of whom were able to fully recover.
Right now Josey's stock is anywhere between rounds 3-6 but if his knee checks out, he could become more solidified as a 2nd to 3rd rounder.