Missouri Tigers Standout Freshman RB Damarea Crockett Arrested

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Following an enormous performance Saturday against Tennessee, running back Damarea Crockett was arrested Sunday morning for possession of marijuana.

One of the few bright spots for the Missouri Tigers football team this season has been the emergence of Damarea Crockett out of the backfield. In Saturday’s 63-37 loss to Tennessee, Crockett ran for a Mizzou freshman record 225 yards and also added a touchdown. That wasn’t the only record he broke Saturday either, as he eclipsed Brad Smith’s single season freshman rushing record with 1,062 yards. That record held up for over a decade.

With Drew Lock’s inconsistency through the air this year, the Tigers have leaned heavily on their ground game. Coming into the season, Ish Witter was supposed to be the lead running back, but Crockett has outperformed the Junior all season.

Despite all of his success on the field this year, he ran into trouble off of it this past weekend. Around 4 o’clock Sunday morning, MU Police arrested Crockett for possessing 35 grams or less of marijuana. An unnamed school spokesperson was quoted saying, “We are aware of the incident and we are handling it internally.”

With the struggles the Tigers have endured the past few seasons, you hate to see a promising young player go through off the field issues. Missouri fans are all too familiar with this after watching talented players in the past, such as Maty Mauk and Dorial Green-Beckham, struggle to get back on track after numerous off the field problems. However, from reports that I have read, Crockett is known as a well behaved kid with a great work ethic.

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Hopefully Crockett is able to put this incident behind him and piece together a few more seasons like the one he had this year. Mizzou football sure could use it.