Richard Darden
Richard Darden


Memphis, Tenn.

High School:
Ridgeway High

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 229




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After an injury-plagued season in 2013 and off-season shoulder surgery, MSU's talented free safety is back in the fold and ready to make an impact his senior season ... Did not participate in spring drills.

2013: Posted 24 tackles in just 5 games before a season-ending injury ... Logged 11 tackles in start at Iowa (9/7/13), including 8 solo stops ... Brought down 7 ball carriers in season opener against Northwestern State (8/29/13) with 4 solos in a starting role ... Had 2 tackles in Murray State game (9/14/13) as well as home contests against Central Arkansas (9/21/13) and No. 24 Illinois State (9/28/13) before season-ending injury.

2012: Finished fourth on the team and 25th in the MVFC in tackles per game (6.09) after starting all 11 games at free safety ... Dropped 67 total ball carriers and posted 31 solo tackles, third best on the squad ... Notched his first of two double-figure tackle games in home opener against Murray State (9/15/12) with 5 solo tackles and a pair of pass break-ups ... Brought down 10 South Dakota players (10/13/12) with 7 solos ... Contributed 9 total stops against No. 25 South Dakota State (9/29/12) with a forced fumble, an interception and 5 solos ... Registered 7 tackles and a 21-yard interception return against No. 1 North Dakota State ... Recognized as a preseason second-team all-conference player by Phil Steele's Footbal Preview and College Sports Madness ... Received the athletic training staff's Tough Son of a Bear Award for his endurance and toughness.

2011: Started all 11 games at free safety ... Collected 83 total stops, just one shy of the team lead and led the Bears in solo tackles with 45 ... Named to MVFC All-Newcomer Team ... Finished 14th in the Jerry Rice Award (FCS National Freshman of the Year) national voting ... Registered 10 tackles in his collegiate debut at Arkansas (9/3/11) to earn MSU Media Player of Week laurels ... Turned in season-high 13 tackles against eventual Division I champion North Dakota State (10/15/11), with 7 solo stops ... Had an interception and broke up two more passes in win at Western Illinois (10/22/11) ... Turned in 9 tackles in back-to-back home games against Northern Iowa (10/1/11) and Illinois State (10/8/11) ... Had at least seven tackles in eight games.

2010: Redshirted his first year at Missouri State ... Earned MVFC Honor Roll distinction with a 3.25 GPA during fall 2010 semester ... Named MSU Defensive Scout Team Player of the Week in preparing the offense for the game at Kansas State (9/11/10).

High School: Helped Timberland High to a 9-2 record his senior season and a 19-3 total ledger his final 2 seasons as a starter for the Wolves ... Earned all-district honors in 2009 after collecting 100 tackles, an interception, a sack and a safety ... A two-time all-Gateway Athletic Conference pick for Coach Craig Collins ... Also played wide receiver his senior season ... Was a member of a pair of GAC North championship teams ... Also started 3 seasons for the basketball team at forward and guard.

Personal: Mike Love Crutcher was born 3/26/91 in St. Louis, Mo. ... Son of Rick and Bobbie Appelbaum of Wentzville, Mo. ... Has three siblings, Kate, Richard and Danny ... Majoring in Criminology.

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