Mizzou RB Henry Josey declaring for NFL draft

Mizzou RB Henry Josey declaring for NFL draft

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 03: Running back Henry Josey #20 of the Missouri Tigers runs the ball against James Castleman #91 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the first half during the AT&T Cotton Bowl on January 3, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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by Dan Greenwald / Missouri Football App

KMOV.com

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 7 at 4:05 PM

(Missouri Football App) - One of Mizzou's most dangerous weapons on offense is going pro.

Junior tailback Henry Josey announced he would forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft, Tuesday.  Josey leaves Columbia as the only Missouri running back to post two 1,000 yard seasons. In 2013, he racked up 1,166 yards, and in his breakout sophomore season of 2011, he ran for 1,168.

The Angleton, Tex. native did not play in 2012 because of a knee injury.

“This is really a bittersweet decision to make,”  Josey said in a release.  “I’m so grateful to Mizzou and my coaches and teammates and fans for all of their support and everything they’ve meant to me these past four years.  It’s difficult to think I won’t be with them next year.  But I’m really excited to have a chance to play professionally and work on fulfilling a dream I’ve had since I was a little kid."

Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel said Josey will be missed, but that he is moving onto to bigger and better things.

 

“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. 

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