Damarea Crockett (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Missouri-Florida Notebook: Freshman RB Damarea Crockett Shines

Some news and notes from Missouri's loss at Florida...

There weren’t many positives to come out of the Missouri Tigers' 40-14 loss at No. 18 Florida on Saturday, but the play of freshman running back Damarea Crockett would certainly qualify. 

Crockett was awarded with his first career start and rewarded the coaching staff with his second 100-yard rushing game of the season, gaining 145 yards on 14 carries with a strong second-half performance.

He became the first true freshman with two 100-yard rushing games since Brock Olivo in 1994, according to Missouri’s sports information department.


Crockett and freshman wide receiver Dimetrios Mason were among the starters on offense, along with senior tight end Sean Culkin. It marked the first starts of the season for Crockett and Culkin and the second for Mason, who started against Eastern Michigan. 

Defensively, freshman middle linebacker Cale Garrett, redshirt freshman safety Ronnell Perkins and junior defensive end Marcell Frazier all made their first starts of the season. 

Crockett, Mason and Garrett gave the Tigers three true freshmen in the starting lineup. 

Garrett was inserted into the starting lineup, essentially, in place of outside linebacker Joey Burkett. Michael Scherer, who moved from middle linebacker to outside linebacker, had a team-high 10 tackles, including one for loss.


Missouri redshirt senior cornerback John Gibson entered Saturday’s game with three interceptions in 43 career games with the Tigers. 

He intercepted Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio twice on two consecutive series — the final Gators’ possession of the first half and the first of the second half. 

For the game, Gibson was also credited with one tackle and one pass breakup.


Marvin Zanders was at quarterback at the start of Missouri’s second series on Saturday and then reappeared late in the game and led the Tigers on a 99-yard scoring drive for their second touchdown of the game.

Zanders put up some decent numbers in his brief playing time.

The redshirt sophomore completed three of five passes for 59 yards — starter Drew Lock completed four of 18 passes for 39 yards and two interceptions — and ran eight times for another 31 yards. 


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