Pressure On Darius White to Step Up for Missouri Tigers in 2014
The deck seems stacked against the Missouri Tigers as they try to defend their SEC East Division crown this fall. There is a ton of turnover on the roster, but possibly no where is the attrition felt more severely for the Tigers than at wide receiver. With the graduation of L’Damian Washington and Marcus Lucas along with the dismissal of Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri will be without their top three receivers from 2013. Can Darius White step up and help fill the void?
White was once the No. 3 rated wide receiver in the 2010 recruiting class and ended up at Missouri after spending two years floundering with the Texas Longhorns. He didn’t make much of an impact in 2013 when he got on the field for the Tigers, posting seven catches for 76 yards and a touchdown. But with the talent at the top of the receiver depth chart, there wasn’t a lot of opportunities left to trickle down to White last season.
That won’t be the case in 2014. Only two receivers on the roster, Jimmy Hunt and Bud Sasser, posted more catches than White last season and nobody on the roster has the raw potential that the well-traveled senior does. When he came out of high school, the sky was the limit for the 6-foot-3, 205-pound White. He has the size, strength, and speed to be a difference-maker, though he has yet to put it all together on the field.
This season, he’ll have as good an opportunity as ever to turn it around and show what he can do for the Tigers. Missouri needs Darius White to tap into that immense potential he brought with him to Columbia, Missouri. If he can deliver, the Tigers might have a shot at defending their spot atop the SEC East this season.