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August 2, 2013
Over the course of fall camp, PowerMizzou.com is talking to Tiger assistant coaches to get the inside scoop on each position. Today, we start with running backs coach Brian Jones breaking down the Mizzou backfield.
PowerMizzou.com: Was there a time over the last 16 months you thought you might not see Henry Josey back out here?
Brian Jones: "Early. Early. Especially the first few weeks after the whole incident happened. But just seeing his determination after that, how he worked, so on, I just thought it was just a matter of time. This past spring I just wanted to kind of see where he was. I was nervous for him initially when he first went out there. He had to kind of test it out, we had to kind of find out where he was. He's been good. Knock on wood."
PM.com: The one thing you guys did well on offense last year was run the ball. So is there that much pressure on Henry to be what he was in 2011?
Jones: "No. We talk about the offense, what we want to do is spread the ball around to make us more effective, or as effective as possible. Everybody on the field, the receivers, offensive line, quarterback, running backs, everybody's got there job to do. From there, we'll see what the defense gives us. But in terms of pressure on us, we're just going to go out there and do our job."
PM.com: Marcus Murphy and Russell Hansbrough are built similarly. But what are the differences in those two guys and the way they run?
Jones: "For one, they're all great guys. We joke around a lot in our room. But in terms of differences in their running style, Marcus is a, I use the word sleek, slippery kind of runner, but he's a lot stronger than you may think as a running back. Russell has got a lot of stop and start moves. He does a lot of things that I've not seen guys do in quite a while. He can stop and start and he can really accelerate and get things going. They are very different, but still very effective."
PM.com: With coach Henson calling the plays now, do you think there is more of a chance for a role for a bigger back like Morgan Steward?
Jones: "Yeah. Everybody's going to have a role in some capacity and we'll see how things go throughout the rest of two-a-days into the season, but we're gonna need different backs for different situations. We're still evaluating everything. Morgan had a very good spring. I was working with him a little while ago and his first few days here he's been doing really great. We'll see how things go with him."
PM.com: You guys have always played at least three. What's the number? Do you want four ready to go and contribute?
Jones: "Yeah. Always want to have four guys ready. The best guys will play. Three's been the number so we'll see how it goes."
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