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RUNNING BACK

August 27, 2017 GMT

STARTER: DAMAREA CROCKETT

Matter’s view: The coaching staff considers Crockett and senior Ish Witter co-starters and both figure to play prominent roles. Crockett (5-11, 230 pounds), the SEC-sized back fans have longed to see, enjoyed one of the best freshman seasons for a Mizzou running back last fall and could become one of the SEC’s top rushers with a heavier workload. Witter is less dynamic but a productive north-south runner and valuable pass-blocker. Freshman Larry Rountree III caught the coaches’ eye with a strong camp and could push the others for carries.

Backups: Witter, Rountree III, Nate Strong