COLUMBIA, MO - Missouri junior running back Damarea Crockett announced through social media that he won’t return to the Tigers next season and will enter the NFL Draft.
The 5-11, 225-pound running back has a career 380 carries for 2,252 yards and 19 touchdowns for the Tigers.
His football journey started at Magnolia, but he eventually transferred to Camden Fairview and then LR Christian.
As a sophomore for the Cardinals, he rushed 121 times for 696 yards and 13 touchdowns before transferring the next season to Little Rock Christian.
As a junior for the Warriors, he then scored 19 touchdowns while rushing 144 times for 1,250 yards. He also had 19 catches for 250 yards and 2,500 all-purpose yards.
After finishing his career with the Warriors, Crockett chose Mizzou over Arizona State, Boise State, Colorado State, Memphis, Vanderbilt, Yale, Army and Navy.
This season, while sharing time in the backfield, he still had 709 yards on 147 carries and seven touchdowns. He also had 12 catches for 88 yards.
His best rushing game this season was 154 yards against South Carolina, where he average 7.7 yards per carry.
In 2017, Crockett was off to a promising start to the year as he looked to record consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons, only to be sidelined by a season-ending shoulder injury in a game at Georgia. He ended the year with 481 yards on 80 carries and two touchdowns, averaging 6.0 yards per carry.
In 2016, Crockett set Mizzou freshman records for rushing yards in a season (1,062), rushing yards in a single game (225), rushing touchdowns in a season (10) and tied the school record with four rushing touchdowns in a single game against Middle Tennessee.
He finished the regular season ranked sixth in the SEC in rushing yards per game (105.8), which was tops among SEC freshmen. His 7.3 yards per carry ranked third among all qualified rushers in SEC games and tops among freshmen.
Crockett ended the regular season ranked first in the nation among freshmen in rushing (96.5 yards per game) and was the first SEC true freshman to rush for more than 1,000 yards since Georgia’s Nick Chubb and LSU’s Leonard Fournette did so in 2014. He was also Mizzou’s first 1,000-yard rusher since Russell Hansbrough in 2014. In his announcement on social media, Crockett wrote:
Dear Mizzou Nation,
My journey here at Mizzou has been nothing less than amazing from beginning to end. The people I have crossed paths with during my time here has given me a different outlook on life. I’ve learned things here I wouldn’t have at other places. Columbia will always be my home!
Thank you, sincerely, Coach Heupel, Coach Odom, and Coach Ford for taking a chance on a young man from Magnolia, Arkansas. This football program has molded me into a man and has prepared me for the journey ahead.
To all my brothers that stuck with me through the ups and downs, and who have helped me keep my head high, I can’t tell you how much that means to me. The relationship I have made with you all will last a lifetime. I love my brothers with all my heart!
A special thanks goes to the sports medicine staff and the strength staff for keeping me in great health during my three years here.
Lastly, I would like to thank God! It’s a blessing to be in this position and to even have a chance to live out my dreams. Thank you to everyone who helped me get to this position.
With that being said, I would like to announce that I will forgo my senior season and declare for the 2019 NFL Draft.