Any sliver of hope for both Henry Josey and Missouri that the running back would make a miraculous recovery from a devastating injury and play for the Tigers in 2012 has officially been dashed.
In mid-November of last year, Josey suffered what a Mizzou team surgeon described as a “one-in-a-million injury” against Texas, tearing the ACL and MCL in his left knee as well as rupturing the patellar tendon. Monday, head coach Gary Pinkel confirmed what’s been sadly obvious since the time of the injury.
While Josey was running during a practice session Sunday, Pinkel announced that the true junior will not play at all during the 2012 season. Josey did not redshirt during his first two years with the Tigers, so he would have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2013.
The news comes just a couple of weeks after Josey said he thought he had “a good chance” to play this season.
At the time of the injury, which came during the 10th game of the year, Josey was fifth in the country averaging 127.7 yards rushing per game, while his 8.6 yards per attempt were good for second behind Houston’s Charles Sims (8.8).
Kendial Lawrence, whose broken fibula early on last season opened the door for Josey’s insertion into the starting lineup, is listed as the No. 1 back on Mizzou’s final preseason depth chart. Lawrence ended the 2011 season third on the Tigers in rushing behind Josey and quarterback James Franklin with 566 yards and five touchdowns.
The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.
Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.
And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.
That group breaks down as follows:
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:
- Ohio State
- Boise State
Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.
None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.
After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.
Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.
The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.
Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.