Man behind Mizzou: OSU alum will lead Tigers’ offensive attack

Posted on: 3:37 pm, January 2, 2014, by , updated on: 05:38pm, January 2, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas – When OSU takes the field on Friday, it will be going up against several former Cowboys, including a man from Tuttle.

Josh Henson, who is in his first year as Missouri’s offensive coordinator, will be trying to defeat his alma mater in his first bowl game.

While his heart will always be in Stillwater, Henson’s family says he is focused on getting a win for Missouri.

Rick Henson said, “Even when he was a little kid in a walker, if he couldn’t throw it or catch it or kick it, he wasn’t gonna fool with it. He’s always been this way.”

From an early age, Rick and Mary Henson say their son, Josh, was drawing up plays.

Rick said, “He laid on the flood like this and drew plays on the bottom of the end table.”

Josh earned all-state honors at Tuttle High School before walking on at OSU.

Rick said, “He was the smallest lineman in the Big 8 at 6’2,” 235, playing left guard.”

What Josh lacked in size, he made up for in heart and toughness.

Rick said, “He’s constantly learning and improving himself.”

Mary said, “I count our blessings, you know. He’s been super. I think he’s got a real way with people.”

His personality is evident by his rapid ascension through the college coaching ranks.

He made his way from Stillwater, to Baton Rouge before landing in Columbia.

On Friday, this former OSU offensive lineman will lead his potent offensive attack against his alma mater for the first time.

Rick said, “One of them has to lose and with that being the case, someone has to lose, I want my son to win because blood is thicker than water.”