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Damarea Crockett is the future of the Missouri run game ... and maybe the present, too

Here are today's Mizzou Links.

So I've updated Mizzou's statistical profile, and while I might walk through it in more detail during Tuesday's Beyond the Box Score post (there really isn't much sense in going 'beyond' the Delaware State box score), one thing very quickly stands out to me.

Individual Rushing Stats

Player Pos. Ht, Wt Year Rushes Yards TD Yards/
Hlt Yds/
Ish Witter RB 5'10, 200 JR 57 209 2 3.7 2.7 21.1% 0 (0)
Damarea Crockett RB 5'11, 220 FR 34 210 3 6.2 3.8 55.9% 2 (1)
Alex Ross RB 6'1, 220 SR 20 72 0 3.6 1.6 25.0% 0 (0)

Opportunity rate = percentage of carries gaining at least five yards. Highlight Yards per Opportunity = basically how explosive your successful (i.e. five-yard) carries are. Damarea Crockett's highlight yardage is unimpressive (basically anything over 4 is decent, anything over 5 good), but it's the best of Mizzou's backs ... and he's more than twice as efficient as Ish Witter or Alex Ross have been so far. Those numbers benefited a hair from garbage time appearances, but ... he just looks like Mizzou's best back through four games. (That's not completely fair to Ross, who's missed most of those four games and maybe hasn't gotten a representative sample yet.)

Later today, Mizzou's depth chart will come out, and it will almost certainly list Ross and Witter as Missouri's top two backs, just as it has the last two weeks (despite Ross, you know, not actually playing). As this depth chart seems to never actually change to reflect reality, Crockett might remain unlisted all year ... while finishing as Mizzou's leading rusher. But once his fumbles are under control, he could end up one hell of a back.

The Trib: Damarea Crockett lifts Missouri's running game in lopsided victory over Delaware State

"Damarea has got a chance to be a really good player for us," MU Coach Barry Odom said. "He keeps improving. Even throughout this last week in practice, I saw a little extra gear as he starts to pick up the timing of some of the things that we are doing run-scheme-wise."

KC Star: MU running back Damarea Crockett breaks out against Delaware State

In speaking of ball security Saturday, Crockett said he thinks it’s held him back.

"I feel like that (it held me back) for sure because any mistake holds you back," Crockett said. "I just try to take it like a man up and own up to what and just get it done."

On Saturday, be it on cuts to the outside or runs between the tackles, Crockett was able to do just that.

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(Tramel and Ron have been doing a great job with these.

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The Trib: Missouri trounces lowly Delaware State 79-0 in shortened game
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou throttles Delaware State in record fashion
KC Star: Mizzou defense more than does its part in romp over Delaware State Missouri Trounces Delaware State
The Missourian: Five takeaways from Missouri's clobbering of Delaware State
PowerMizzou: Grading the Tigers: Delaware State

Moore with a lovely Saturday

The Trib: J'Mon Moore continues stellar season with record-tying performance
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou notes: WR Moore rebounds from early gaffe
KC Star: Game report: Missouri 79, Delaware State 0

Lock with a lovely Saturday

The Trib (Joe Walljasper): Lock no longer just looks the part
The Trib (Blake Toppmeyer): Delaware State-MU rewind: Game balls, grades and key plays

TBJ starting to look like TBJ again

Post-Dispatch (Hochman): Mizzou DT Beckner is turning heads

"After the injury, he realized it’s going to take a lot of work to get back — and Terry really matured up," Scherer said. "When you’re a freshman, highly touted, you can let things go by and not be mature. This summer, Terry grew a lot as a person, and that’s why Terry is doing so well this year.

"There was a time this (offseason), he was coming back from the knee injury, hadn’t conditioned much, and we’re doing really tough conditioning drills. He’s pushing a sled and (strength and conditioning coach Rohrk Cutchlow) wanted to help him. He’s dragging behind, but he said, ‘No coach, I got this.’ And that’s kind of when I knew that Terry had grown up."

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