Missouri Tigers: Time to Showcase Running Back Henry Josey

Adam SimoneCorrespondent IOctober 12, 2011

TEMPE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 09:  Runningback Henry Josey #20 of the Missouri Tigers rushes the football during the college football game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium on September 9, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. The Sun Devils defeated the Tigers 37-30 in overtime.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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This Missouri Tigers are off to a disappointing 2-3 start, but sophomore running back Henry Josey has emerged as one of the star players.

Josey leads the Big 12 Conference with 117 yards per game and is averaging an amazing 10.7 yards per carry. Unfortunately, he is only averaging 11 carries per game, and only one reception per game. A player like that must get more looks.

He's only listed at 190 lbs., so some people worry he's too small to carry the ball 15 times a game. There have also been reports that he has been suffering from a hamstring injury, but he said he was healthy last week. If he is healthy, I say it's time to start giving defenses a large dose of Henry Josey.

For years now, Missouri's offense has been centered around throwing the ball. Quarterbacks Chase Daniel and Blaine Gabbert were able to throw the ball all over the field and lead the Tigers to winning seasons.

This year it's different though. James Franklin has been a pleasant surprise at quarterback, but he's not Chase Daniel. Franklin is only completing 59 percent of his passes and ranks No. 9 in the Big 12 in pass efficiency, ahead of only Collin Klein.

With that said, Gary Pinkel and offensive coordinator David Yost still look to throw first and run second. Franklin averages 32 passes per game which isn't a huge number but it's still too much when you have a play maker like Josey in the backfield. 

Josey didn't even touch the ball until the second quarter in last weeks loss to Kansas State. After they started giving him some carries, the Missouri offense started having more success.

There's also more ways to get him the ball. I'd love to see Missouri put him back receiving punts or kickoffs. Also, he only has five catches this season so why not try to throw him the ball more out of the back field?

I'm not at practice everyday so maybe Josey's receiving skills aren't very polished, but I think it's clear he has the capability of being a star and good teams find ways to get their play makers the ball.

At 2-3, Missouri is in danger of missing a bowl game for the first time since 2004. The Tigers have two games left that look to be locks but other then that they are really going to have to work to get up to six or seven wins.

It's time for Missouri to make some adjustments to their offense, and get this ship turned around, and I think Henry Josey is the man that could be the savior.