Believe it or not, Benny Snell hasn’t been the best freshman running back in the Southeastern Conference, statistically.
No, that honor goes to Missouri’s Damarea Crockett, who has carried the ball for 1,064 yards this season with almost seven yards per touch. Crockett currently has a 56-yard lead on Snell on the year, and with one last game against an Arkansas team that gives up over 200 rushing yards, Crockett was all set to take the SEC’s freshman rushing crown.
But then something happened over the weekend that opened the door for Snell to take the lead: Crockett smoked some marijuana, and was arrested for it.
Hours after Crockett set two Missouri freshman rushing records, a University of Missouri Police officer was checking campus parking lots and spotted a vehicle on Lot AV 14, off Ashland Gravel Road on the east part of Mizzou’s campus. In the vehicle, Crockett was found with marijuana and was arrested on suspicion of possession of less than 35 grams, MUPD Major Brian Weimer said. It was 4:17 a.m. Sunday. [Missourian]
He has been suspended for Missouri’s season finale.
Now, with a little help from Crockett’s funny-smelling cigarettes, Snell needs only 57 yards to be league’s top rookie on the regular season. (Barring a monster game by Texas A&M’s Trayveon Williams.)
Go get ’em, Benny.