Mizzou Has Had Six First-Rounders in Last Five NFL Drafts
An impact player at tailback who is the heir apparent to take over for MU career leading rusher Zack Abron, who is lost to graduation ... Has a lethal combination of speed, quickness and power that has Tiger fans quite excited about his future ... Had a great spring season in which he looked the best he's been since coming to Mizzou ... Closed spring ball in style, as he rushed for 92 yards and a touchdown, on just 9 carries, in the annual Black & Gold Game.
Ranked as MU's 3rd-leading rusher, with 462 yards and 5 TDs, and showed that he is a threat to take it for big gains every time with his speed and moves ... Also showed an ability to be effective catching the ball out of the backfield, as he had 11 catches for 105 yards and 1 TD ... Came on strong late, as he averaged 61.6 yards from scrimmage in his last 6 games, compared to 28.1 yards in his first 7 outings ... Rushed 46 times for 290 yards and 4 TDs in his last 6 games (good for averages of 48.3 ypg and 6.3 per carry), compared to 43 rushes for 172 yards and 1 TD in his first 7 games (24.6 yards per game and 4.0 per carry) ... Also had 7 receptions for 80 yards and 1 TD in that same stretch as he's became more and more a part of the offense ... Averaged a healthy 6.7 yards per carry in the 2003 Independence Bowl, as he rushed 9 times for 60 yards against Arkansas ... Turned in a career-best 91 yard rushing day against Iowa State, as he scored 2 TDs (from 4 and 64 yards out) ... His 64-yard TD in the 4th quarter tied for the longest run by a Tiger on the season, and showed his break-away skill as he raced untouched off tackle for the distance ... Had 84 yards from scrimmage at Colorado, as he carried 5 times for 21 yards and added 4 catches for 63 yards (both career highs) and 1 TD ... His receiving TD was a gem that went for 48 yards on a screen pass that saw him weave his way out of virtually every CU defender on the play before he hit paydirt ... It was a big play coming with 5 minutes left in the game that pulled MU to within 21-16 and gave the Tigers a chance for a comeback ... Carried 8 times for 65 yards against Texas A&M, and had 2 TDs on the day, going for 14 and 9 yards in the 4th quarter ... Had 68 yards on 9 carries in week 2 at Ball State, including a 42-yarder that he almost broke the distance ... Scored his 1st career TD in that game, on a 4-yarder in the 1st quarter that tied the game up at 7 apiece.
Ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 3 JUCO tailback prospect in the country and No. 23 of all JUCO prospects (all positions) ... Rated as the No. 45 overall JUCO prospect (any position) and as the No. 5 running back in the JUCO ranks by SuperPrep Magazine ... Redshirted as a freshman at Coffeyville, and was limited to just one game in 2002 after injuring a knee in the season opener ... Junior college coach - Jeff Leiker.
Had a stellar prep career where he became one of the top running backs in the country ... Followed his coach to East St. Louis High School for his senior season, and racked up 1,444 yards and 28 TDs ... Spent his first three years at St. Louis Riverview Gardens, where he helped lead his team to the 1998 Missouri Class 5A state title ... Totaled a massive 5,395 yards rushing and an eye-popping 95 total TDs in his prep days ... Also threw for 1,160 yards and 10 TDs, as well ... A track star who was timed at 10.3 seconds in the 100 meters ... High school coach - Darren Sunkett.
Son of Darnell Parsons & Kimberly Nash ... Full name - Damien Darnell Nash ... Birthdate - April 14, 1982 ... Academic interest lies in journalism ... Chose Mizzou over Miami, Fla., Nebraska and Illinois, among others.