When Mizzou starts football camp Thursday, a quick glance at Henry Josey’s left knee will show no sign of damage. There will be no brace, no tape. The scars from the surgery are visible only up close.
But if Josey removes his helmet, even someone who knows nothing about the redshirt junior running back will know something is up.
Yes, he is back. After missing the end of the 2011 season and sitting out all of 2012, the running back says he has fully recovered from the devastating injury — he tore his ACL, MCL and patellar tendon in 2011 — that many figured would end his football career.
Josey’s story is a feel-good one no matter how he plays this year. But if he has truly returned to form, he could be the team’s most valuable player. He was the only FBS running back to carry the ball more than 100 times and maintain an average of eight yards per touch in 2011.