Missouri WR White growing on and off the field

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 4, 2014 at 2:08 am •  Published: September 4, 2014
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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Moms really do know what's best.

Just ask Missouri receiver Darius White, who in his fifth season playing college football received his first career start in the team's opener last Saturday.

"One thing my mom (Demetric) always tells me — if you dream about it, it's going to come," the senior said. "You've just got to be patient. Patience is the whole key about everything."

Listed at 6-foot-3, 205-pounds, White caught two passes for 83 yards against South Dakota State, both for touchdowns. After watching the 24th-ranked Tigers' top three receivers depart during the offseason, White is atop the depth chart.

But there was a time when White wasn't as patient.

Before joining Missouri in 2012, he played two seasons at Texas and caught a total of six passes for 71 yards and a touchdown. As a freshman, White thought he would play every down. After all, that's what he did at Dunbar High School in Fort Worth as one of the nation's premier recruits.

"A lot of people think I left because of Mack Brown," White said. "No, Mack Brown's a great dude. I still talk to him to this day. I left Texas just being young, not having patience."

Missouri defensive coordinator Dave Steckel tracked White through high school and his time at Texas, even relaying support for White's decision to stay close to home with the Longhorns. When the receiver decided to transfer, Steckel was one of the first people to call him.

A week later, White became a Tiger.

Steckel then mentored him as he played on the scout team for a year, taking a mandatory redshirt per NCAA transfer rules. White lined up against Missouri's first-string defense, learning to use his experience on the practice field as a means to improving his performance against real opponents.

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