The Missouri Tigers had to play Saturday’s homecoming game without star RB Damarea Crockett, who is dealing with a shoulder injury.

Though it didn’t affect the team too much in a huge win over Idaho, it may have an impact moving forward if Crockett continues to miss time.

After Saturday’s game, coach Barry Odom praised backups Ish Witter and Larry Rountree III, but added that he’s not sure how long Crockett will be out while recovering from the shoulder injury (via

“Ish and Rountree did a nice job,” Odom said. “They both ran with some explosion and some toughness and did a good job with protection in our blocking schemes and also after contact they ran with great pad level. To lose a guy for however long it’s going to be, the next guy has to step up, and not just at that position but the other 10 guys around him.”

Mizzou’s explosive offense will have to adjust if Crockett can’t play next weekend at UConn, which WR J’Mon Moore said means the Tigers will have to work harder:

“That’s a huge blow,” Moore said. “He’s a great player. We’ve got to uplift him, make sure he knows he we know he’s hurting. We’ve got to work harder. You lose a player like that it gets harder for you. All we can do is keep pushing.”

At 2-5, the Tigers’ season hasn’t gone according to plan, but they still have some hope for a bowl game. Saturday night’s game at UConn will be huge for Mizzou, and Odom and the Mizzou players hope Crockett is healthy enough to play.