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Darius White makes a familiar promise during SEC Media Days

Gary Pinkel, Maty Mauk, Evan Boehm and Markus Golden are in Hoover, Alabama for SEC Media days, but a different player is aiming high.

Darius White stiff arms a UT defender
Darius White stiff arms a UT defender
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Darius White makes Mizzou a familiar promise

You'll recall that L'Damian Washington made a similar promise last year, although his was in in front of the cameras while at SEC Media Days.

L'Damian Washington - SEC Blog - ESPN

Wide receiver L'Damian Washington said he and the seniors went to the coaches before the season and said they wanted more than just a bowl game. During SEC media days, Washington said the goal for 2013 was 11 wins or more. He was laughed at, even by a local radio station, he said, but he knew this team was capable of a special rebound.

The Mizzou Network interviewed him last year around this time.

During the 2013 season, the 6 foot 3 inch, 205 pound Darius White saw the field in all 14 games as part of Mizzou's wide-spread receiving corps, but was unable to overtake L'Damian Washington, Marcus Lucas and Dorial Green-Beckham.

G Rec. Yards Avg. TD Rec./G Yards/G
14 7 76 10.86 1 0.5 5.4

That sole touchdown came in the 3rd quarter of Mizzou's opening game vs Murray State. His patience and blocking for James Franklin was rewarded...

...on the very next play with a 37 yard bomb over the top from Franklin.

This game was most notable because of Henry Josey's breakaway touchdown run that welcomed him "back" to Mizzou.

You know what you probably missed?

Darius White made the key block before Josey out-ran everyone 68 yards to the endzone.

During the Mizzou Spring Game, Maty Mauk found White on a deep 38-yard connection that resembled his 2013 touchdown grab and showed the kind of chemistry they'd been working on.

Patience and perseverance have paid off for Darius White, as the former blue-chipper is listed as a first-stringer on the Depth Chart

Depth Jersey Name Details
1 21 Bud Sasser 6-2 210 Sr.
2 18 Wesley Leftwich 6-1 200 Jr.
3 41 Eric Laurent 6-3 215 So.
Depth Jersey Name Details
1 88 Jimmie Hunt 6-0 215 Sr.
2 84 Gavin Otte 5-10 200 Sr.
3 16 Levi Copelin 6-2 190 So.
Depth Jersey Name Details
1 8 Darius White 6-3 205 Sr.
2 4 J'Mon Moore 6-3 190 RSFr

I'm curious how this promise will be received. L'Damian was a 2 star twig out of Shreveport, LA that came to Mizzou last minute. Darius White is a 4 star, former "No. 3 wide receiver in the nation" Texas-transfer in his last chance to capitalize on his talents.

Despite the loss of top targets Marcus Lucas, L'Damian Washington and Dorial Green-Beckham, a trio of Senior Wide Receivers is waiting in the wings. Not as tall as last year's class, but each looking to prove they're capable of proving last year's 12-2 season was no fluke.