Crockett’s production as a freshman running back is unprecedented at Mizzou, though the historic significance comes with some caveats. Freshmen were ineligible until 1972, which means Joe Moore, who left MU as the school’s career rushing leader in 1970, didn’t have freshman yards to pad his numbers. Nor did All-American Johnny Roland, who debuted with 830 yards in 1962. James Wilder, who eclipsed Moore’s total in 1980, didn’t play at Mizzou as a freshman after transferring from junior college.
But by every measure, Crockett is having one of the best freshman seasons for SEC running backs in recent history. Crockett is one of 15 SEC backs to get 100 carries as a freshman since 2011. Among the other 14, only two averaged more yards per carry than Crockett’s 6.5: Texas A&M’s Trayveon Williams (7.0) this season and Georgia’s Nick Chubb (7.1) in 2014.
That same grit and worth ethic has teammates rooting Crockett toward 1,000 yards three months later.
"That would be awesome," Lock said Monday. "I think it’s also awesome that, in this facility, we expect that from him. … We saw a lot from him (in camp). I don’t necessarily know if we thought we’d get this from him, but we expected him to be a great ballplayer for us."
Odom also praised the job running backs coach Cornell Ford has done turning Crockett into a complete player, mastering the sometimes complex task of backfield blocking at a young age.
Crockett credits patience for his growth, especially during the last five games.
Three games into his freshman season, Damarea Crockett had 22 carries for 95 yards. It SEEMED like he was loaded with potential, but we weren't completely sure, and early ball control issues held him back a hair.
In the seven games since: 107 carries, 742 yards. Last five games: 89 carries, 592 yards. He's on pace for 1,004 yards, but if you use his pace from the last five games, he could threaten 1,100. We were hoping he would be given the reins in the running game, and not only has that come to fruition, but he's also thrived.
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Gabe from PM used the word "mercurial" to describe J'Mon in the link above. I cannot think of a more apt adjective. He's maddening ... and clearly still loaded with potential.
It appears the LB corps is in good hands moving forward
Blessed for 24/7 for Adding my 4th star ‼️ pic.twitter.com/cZ3jsxRw8E— call me Dõs (@aubmiller126) November 15, 2016
Gotta be honest: I was curious why Miller was ranked as low as he was. (And no, I don't say that about every Mizzou commit. Shut up.) He checks basically every box you want to check for a linebacker in high school, and I wasn't sure what I was missing. We'll see if other recruiting services follow suit, but he's a damn stud.
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