The Missouri Football running back tree has bounced around from year to year on NFL caliber talent. Over the past two seasons Mizzou will now see its starting running back take the jump to the next level through the NFL Draft. In 2021, we watched former Missouri running back Larry Roundtree III get taken in the sixth round by the Las Angeles Chargers. Now we wait to see where Tyler Badie ends up.
Tyler Badie was a three star recruit (247Sports) coming out of Briarcrest Christian High School in Eads, Tennessee. During his high school career, Badie collected many honors and accolades throughout his senior season. In that season, Badie was a workhorse for his team rushing for over a thousand yards and eighteen touchdowns. He averaged just over six yards per carry and had six games where he totaled over one hundred yards on the ground.
He amassed for seventeen hundred sixty four all purpose yards and finished with twenty one total touchdowns. Badie went on to help his team to a 9-2 record during his final season where they were knocked out in the quarterfinals of the postseason. (High School Highlights)
Tyler Badie was a weapon coming out of high school and a very underrated athlete. Badie was a proven speedster both on paper and on the field putting up a 4.46 40 time. With offers on the table from schools like Pittsburg, Navy, and Southern Miss, Badie originally chose to commit to the University of Memphis before decommitting just a few months later to accept an offer to play in the Southeastern Conference. That school was the University of Missouri.
Being undersized for your typical Southeastern Conference running back, Tyler Badie proved the standard wrong.
Freshman Season (2018)
Since stepping foot on campus at Mizzou, Badie has been an important piece to the Tigers. Tyler Badie started his college career getting ten carries for thirty two yards during the 2018 season opener against Tennessee-Martin. He followed up his next three games with a total of thirty five attempts. Badies’ stand out game as a freshman came in a week four matchup against the second ranked Georgia Bulldogs. He collected one hundred forty two all-purpose yards while recording his first touchdown on a three yard scamper in the third quarter.
Badie finished with a productive freshman year for Mizzou. With a team total of five hundred forty six rush attempts on the year, he accounted for eighty nine of them which is a little over sixteen percent of the teams ground game. Tyler Badie spent a majority of the season sitting third on the teams depth chart at the running back position behind current NFL players Damarea Crockett and Larry Roundtree III. He finished the 2018 season earning a place on the Coaches SEC All-Freshmen Team with the following numbers:
89 Att, 437 Yards, 2 TD, 4.9 YPC
12 Rec, 130 Yards, 10.8 YPR