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Missouri's Crockett declares for NFL draft

Missouri's Crockett declares for NFL draft

January 8th, 2019 by Colin O'Brien in Mizzou Sports
Missouri running back Demarea Crockett is lifted by offensive lineman Paul Adams after he scored a touchdown during a 2017 game against Missouri State at Faurot Field.

Missouri running back Demarea Crockett is lifted by...

Photo by Associated Press /News Tribune.

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri running back Damarea Crockett has declared for the NFL draft, the junior announced Monday afternoon.

Crockett, a four-star prospect out of high school from Magnolia, Ark., rushed for 2,252 yards and 19 touchdowns in his career with the Tigers, and caught 21 passes for 137 yards and two scores in 30 games across three seasons.

But after a 1,000-yard effort as a freshman, Crockett missed the final six games of his sophomore season because of a shoulder injury and sat out the final two games this past season because of a toe injury, including last month's Liberty Bowl.

"My journey here at Mizzou has been nothing less than amazing from beginning to end," Crockett said in a statement posted to his Twitter. "The people I have crossed paths with during my time here has (sic) 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."

Crockett joins Missouri seniors Drew Lock, Terry Beckner Jr. and Emanuel Hall as likely selections in the 2019 NFL draft, which holds its scouting combine from Feb. 26-March 4 in Indianapolis. The draft will be held from April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

Crockett is one of eight running backs to have declared for the draft, a list that includes Damien Harris (Alabama), Benny Snell Jr. (Kentucky), Bryce Love (Stanford), Devin Singletary (Florida Atlantic), Justice Hill (Oklahoma State), David Montgomery (Iowa State) and Miles Sanders (Penn State). All but Love and Harris are juniors.

The Tigers return Larry Rountree III, Tyler Badie, Simi Bakare, Dawson Downing and Jerney Jones, and signed running back Anthony Watkins to its 2019 recruiting class. Redshirt freshman Isaiah Miller elected to transfer in early October, which means Missouri will go through spring practice with five running backs on its roster.