Henry Josey

Henry Josey (born September 25, 1991) is an American football running back who is a free agent. He was most recently a member of the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at Missouri.

Henry Josey
Free agent
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1991-09-25) September 25, 1991 (age 28)
Angleton, Texas
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:186 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school:Angleton (TX)
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Early yearsEdit

Josey is from Angleton, Texas. His father, Henry Neal, set a national high school record in the 100-meter dash in 1990.[1] Josey attended Angleton High School, where he began his football career as a linebacker in 2007. As a junior, he moved to the running back position and gained 1,267 rushing yards and scored 20 touchdowns. As a senior in 2009, he gained 1,369 yards rushing and scored 15 touchdowns.[2]

Also a standout track & field athlete, Josey earned a second-place finish in the 100-meters at the 2010 Region 3-4A Meet, recording a career-best time of 10.50 seconds.[3] He also competed as a long jumper, he got a personal-best mark of 6.48 meters at the 2009 Rice Bayou Classic, placing 6th.[4]

College careerEdit

2010 seasonEdit

As a freshman for the 2010 Missouri Tigers football team, Josey gained 112 yards and scored three touchdowns (including a 62-yard touchdown run) in the season opener against McNeese State.[5] Over the course of the 2010 season, he totaled 437 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 76 carries for an average of 4.8 yards per carry.[6][7][8]

2011 seasonEdit

As a sophomore, Josey became the starting running back for the 2011 Missouri Tigers football team.[9][10][11][12] In the third week of the season, Josey gained 263 rushing yards and scored three touchdowns on 14 carries against Western Illinois.[13][14] He reached the 263 yard mark in the first half and did not play in the second half.[15][16] The following week, he rushed for 133 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries against the No. 1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners.[17]

During the 2011 regular season, Josey totaled 1,168 rushing yards on 145 carries for an average of 8.1 yards per carry.[6][18] He ranked second in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision in yards per carry.[19] He also ranked 12th in the Football Bowl Subdivision with an average of 116.8 rushing yards per game.[20] His 2011 season ended short due to a severe knee injury.

2012 seasonEdit

Josey missed spring football practice in 2012. Although he participated in pre-season practice with the team in August 2012, he did not play in any games during the season.[21][22][23][24]

2013 seasonEdit

Josey returned to play in all 14 games in 2013, rushing for 1,166 yards on 174 carries with 16 touchdowns. After the season, he announced that he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft.[25]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 8 in
(1.73 m)
194 lb
(88 kg)
4.43 s 1.52 s 2.47 s 4.13 s 7.07 s 34.5 in
(0.88 m)
9 ft 10 in
(3.00 m)
20 reps
All values from NFL Combine[26]

Philadelphia EaglesEdit

Josey signed as an undrafted free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles on May 10, 2014. While Josey had a strong pre-season, he was released by the Eagles on August 29, 2014.[27]

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

He was signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad on August 31, 2014.[28]

Minnesota VikingsEdit

On December 24, 2014, Josey signed with the Minnesota Vikings off the Jaguars' practice squad.[29]

Toronto ArgonautsEdit

On May 26, 2015, Josey signed with the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League (CFL). In the 2015 season Josey carried the ball 16 times gaining 30 yards on the ground; he also caught four passes for 15 yards.

Ottawa RedblacksEdit

Josey signed with the Ottawa Redblacks (CFL) on September 25, 2017.[30] He was released by the club on April 12, 2018.[31]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ David Claybourn (May 12, 2010). "Record still stands — 20 years later". The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX.
  2. ^ "Henry Josey". University of Missouri.
  3. ^ http://tx.milesplit.com/meets/62339/results/121479
  4. ^ http://tx.milesplit.com/meets/45131/results/86679
  5. ^ Nate Latsch (September 11, 2010). "Josey leads Mizzou past McNeese State". Fox Sports Midwest.
  6. ^ a b "Henry Josey". ESPN.com.
  7. ^ Tom Timmerman (November 4, 2010). "Freshman RB Josey is giving Mizzou a lift". St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
  8. ^ David Briggs (August 24, 2010). "NEWCOMER PROFILE: RB Henry Josey". Columbia Daily Tribune. Archived from the original on April 4, 2012. Retrieved September 29, 2011.
  9. ^ "Mizzou's Josey is gaining confidence". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. September 22, 2011.
  10. ^ David Ubben (September 22, 2011). "Tigers' last back prepping for big challenge". ESPN.com.
  11. ^ Mike DeArmond (September 11, 2011). "Josey is THE tailback at Mizzou now". Kansas City Star. Archived from the original on March 28, 2012.
  12. ^ Mike DeArmond (September 10, 2011). "Henry Josey ready to take over at running back for Mizzou". The Kansas City Star.
  13. ^ "Henry Josey runs wild in Missouri football win over Western Illinois". Columbia Missourian. September 17, 2011. Archived from the original on July 23, 2012.
  14. ^ "Henry Josey, Missouri trounce overmatched Western Illinois". ESPN.com.
  15. ^ "Missouri tailback Henry Josey well-rested for top-ranked Oklahoma after 263-yard game". The Washington Post. September 21, 2011.
  16. ^ R.B. Fallstrom (September 21, 2011). "Missouri RB Josey well-rested after 263-yard game". Houston Chronicle.
  17. ^ Mike DeArmond (September 25, 2011). "What we can say about Mizzou at 2-2". Kansas City Star. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011.
  18. ^ Vahe Gregorian (October 19, 2011). "Henry Josey bursts forth for Mizzou". St. Louis Today.
  19. ^ "NCAA Division I-A Player Rushing Statistics - 2011 (Yards Per Rush Attempt Leaders - Qualified)". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 27, 2011.
  20. ^ "Statistics - Individual (Rushing)". ncaa.com. Retrieved November 27, 2011.
  21. ^ "Missouri's Henry Josey has long recovery ahead from severe knee injury". Sporting News. May 3, 2012.
  22. ^ Ben Cook (August 14, 2012). "Pinkel hopes Josey will be ready for opener". Lindy's Sports.
  23. ^ "Upbeat Josey eases back into the flow at Missouri camp". The Kansas City Star. August 4, 2012.
  24. ^ Ross Dellinger (August 3, 2012). "Josey says he has 'good chance' to play in 2012". Columbia Tribune. Archived from the original on January 19, 2013. Retrieved August 16, 2012.
  25. ^ Missouri’s Henry Josey declares for NFL Draft
  26. ^ http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/henry-josey?id=2543615
  27. ^ "Eagles release former Missouri running back Henry Josey". kansascity. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  28. ^ Jacksonville Jaguars announce initial 2014 practice squad
  29. ^ Gates, Christopher (December 24, 2014). "Minnesota Vikings Sign Henry Josey". dailynorseman.com. Retrieved December 24, 2014.
  30. ^ "REDBLACKS sign MacDonell, two others - CFL.ca". CFL.ca. September 25, 2017. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  31. ^ "Transactions | April 12, 2018 - Ottawa REDBLACKS". Ottawa REDBLACKS. April 12, 2018. Retrieved April 13, 2018.

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