This week’s player to watch: Henry Josey

Missouri running back Henry Josey enters tomorrow’s game against Kansas State as the Big 12′s leading rusher. He has amassed 533 yards and four touchdowns on 43 carries. For those of you without a calculator, that equates to an average of 12.4 yards per rush.

Those numbers are pretty crazy. Here’s something that’s crazier: Josey entered the season third on the Tigers’ depth chart. He was supposed to be a backup. But after three other Missouri running backs suffered injuries, he was left to carry the load by himself.

Guess that worked out well for everyone involved.

Since coming off the bench and gaining 145 yards from scrimmage against Arizona State, he has torched defenses. Against Western Illinois, he piled up 263 yards in a single half. Then he found success against Oklahoma’s defense by rushing for 133 yards and a touchdown.

In the past, Missouri has relied mostly on its passing game to move the ball. Former quarterbacks Chase Daniel and Blaine Gabbert helped the Tigers become one of the top spread offenses around.

They can still throw well behind James Franklin, but they are also running the ball well this year behind Josey. He’s someone K-State coach Bill Snyder has been preparing for all week.

“Who averages 12-yards-plus per carry after four ball games?” Snyder asked. “Who knows how that happens? Those are numbers that you cannot really fathom.”