Missouri Football: 5 Reasons Tigers Will Be Fine Without Henry Josey
There's an age-old saying that reads, "sometimes you need to take the good with the bad." And that proverb couldn't be any more prevalent for the Missouri Tigers.
The Tigers grabbed a monumental home win over the 16th-ranked Texas Longhorns, 17-5, today but lost a large portion of the offense when running back Henry Josey was lost for the season in the third quarter to an apparent knee injury.
On the season Josey was the Tigers' spark and had been experiencing a year that was on pace to break all of Missouri rushing records. Josey ends his season as the nation's fourth leading rusher and has punched it in for nine scores.
While many will be worried at the loss of such a vital part of the offense, Missouri's offense has much depth, and should be fine without him.
Here are five reasons why.
Kendial Lawerence is a 5'9" junior running back from Texas and has done a fine job filling for Henry Josey when he's needed rest.
On the season Lawerence has run for 321 yards and three touchdowns but has been more impressive in each of the last two games as he's seen more carries due to Josey's shoulder and now knee injuries.
He has 170 yards and a touchdowns in the last two games.
Lawerence is a more than capable back for the Tigers to rely on for the remaining two games and bowl game on the season.
Yost and Pinkel Always Find a Way
Offensive coordinator David Yost and head coach Gary Pinkel always find a way.
It seems as if every time this team's back is against the wall, they come out clicking and that's a testament to Pinkel's ability as a big-time head coach in college football.
I thought that Yost and Pinkel devised a great game plan for the game against Texas, which went largely over looked due to the dominance of the Tigers defense.
Heading into the final two regular season games and the hopeful bowl game, I'm confident that the Missouri coaches will find a way to manage fine with out their star running back.
I thought James Franklin did a fantastic job of managing the game against Texas and had a perfect balance of run and pass plays to keep the Longhorns on their heels.
He threw the ball 26 times on the game, completing 18 of them for 186 yards and also added 13 carries for 33 yards and a touchdown.
Franklin is maturing as a quarterback right before our eyes and will thrive against the two remaining defenses on the Missouri schedule.
I've mentioned briefly in the previous slides about the final two games on Missouri's schedule.
They are at home against Texas Tech and at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, in what could be the final chapter in Missouri's and Kansas' storied rivalry.
There were points in the season when I was nervous if this Missouri team was even going to become bowl eligible with the rigorous schedule they had to face, but now sitting at 5-5 with two very winnable games remaining, I'm feeling a bit relieved.
Missouri is in a very good position to finish their season out with three consecutive victories and becoming bowl eligible at 7-5.
TJ Moe and Michael Egnew
With Missouri losing their biggest offensive weapon, they also lose their big-play man.
It will be interesting to see if the game plan is changed, and if it is, there are no two receivers that I trust more on a possession basis that Moe and Egnew.
Both have sure hands and have a knack for finding the first down sticks.
If Franklin is required to throw the ball more he's got a two solid receivers to lean upon in TJ Moe and Michael Egnew.