After redshirting last season, Darden had a productive spring and looks to challenge for time this fall as a backup to starter Matt Thayer ... Had 2 receptions for 30 yards in 2012 spring scrimmages.
2011: Redshirted his freshman season at Missouri State.
High School: Helped lead Coach Duron Sutton's Ridgeway High Roadrunners to an undefeated (7-0) league record and 13-1 overall mark that culminated in a Tennessee state semifinal appearance in 2010 ... Had 29 catches, 450 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2010 ... Earned a spot in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl All-Star Game ... Also played as a power forward for the Roadrunners' basketball team, which was ranked ninth in Tennessee.
Personal: Richard Ashante Darden was born 5/30/93 in Memphis, Tenn. ... Son of Richard Darden and Shaundra Gatewood of Memphis ... Has two brothers, Sean-Gregory and Xavier ... Comes from a football tradition, with both his father (Austin Peay) and grandfather (Tennessee State) earning Division I FCS All-American status ... Undecided on major.