·2008 Hon. Men. All-Big 12 (Coaches)
2008 Spring Most Improved Defensive Lineman
A versatile and talented defensive lineman who can play either inside position on the defensive line ... Is the sole returning starter on the Tiger defensive line, who will be looked upon for leadership to anchor a talented, but young group in 2009 ... Solid run-stuffer in the middle of the trenches who gives the Tigers a big, athletic presence on the line ... Was a first-year starter in 2008 and established himself as a high-level Big 12 player at noseguard ... Is listed #1 on the depth chart at noseguard after a solid spring camp that he closed with a 3-tackle outing in the Black & Gold Game as the defense claimed a 68-40 win over the Tiger offense.
Started all 14 games in 2008 and had career numbers in every major category, finishing with 49 tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss and 1 quarterback sack ... Was named honorable mention All-Big 12 by league coaches for his play ... Closed his season by notching six tackles in Mizzou's overtime win over Northwestern in the Alamo Bowl ... Made two tackles against Illinois in the season opener ... Had one tackle against SEMO and made a pair of stops against Nevada ... Made three tackles against Buffalo, including one TFL for a loss of two yards ... Recovered a fumble in the third quarter against Buffalo ... Made two tackles against Nebraska, including his first sack of the season ... Had four tackles against Oklahoma State, including 1.5 TFLs ... Also recovered a fumble against OSU, returning it 18 yards ... Made a season-high seven tackles against Texas ... Had two tackles against Colorado ... Had four tackles against Baylor, including one TFL for a loss of two yards ... Made four stops against Kansas State ... Had six stops against Iowa State, his second highest total of the season ... Made two TFLs for a loss of six yards against ISU ... Had one tackle against Kansas ... Also intercepted a Todd Reesing pass in the KU game, his first career INT ... Made five tackles against Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship ... Recovered two fumbles on the year, which tied for fifth most in the Big 12 ... Had an impressive spring camp where he established himself, and was voted by coaches as the team's most improved defensive lineman.
Played in all 13 games for Mizzou ... Recorded a tackle in nine of the 13 games ... Had a pair of stops against Western Michigan ... Recorded a season-best three tackles as the Tiger defense shutdown the high-scoring Texas Tech offense ... Had at least one tackle in five straight games from Oct. 20-Nov. 17.
Saw action in all 13 games as a redshirt freshman, and saw his role increase in the latter part of the year, along with his production ... Half of his 14 tackles on the season came in MU's last five games, including a season-high three registered in game No. 11 at Iowa State ... That matched his earlier season high of three set against Colorado ... Had a tackle for loss against Iowa State and also in the season opener against Murray State ... Served most of the year as the backup to Lorenzo Williams at the noseguard position.
Redshirt season ... Was impressive playing on the scout team in practice, and also in the weight room.
Ranked as the nation's No. 48 strongside defensive end prospect and the No. 11 overall prospect in the state of Missouri by Rivals.com ... PrepStar has him as the No. 53 overall prospect in the Midland region ... Was a First-Team all-state selection as both a junior and senior, and added Second-Team all-state mention as a sophomore in 2002 ... Also earned Kansas City all-metro honors in 2004 ... Had 77 tackles as a senior, including five QB sacks, and also broke up 10 passes and scored two defensive TDs ... Teamed with fellow 2005 MU signee James Stigall to help lead Blue Springs to Class 6 state championship as a junior in 2003, and consecutive conference and district championships in 2003 and 2004 ... Had two tackles, including a QB sack, in the state title game in which Blue Springs defeated Hazelwood Central by a 53-0 count to cap off a perfect 13-0 season ... Had 88 tackles as a junior, including 10 QB sacks and two forced fumbles ... Added 63 tackles and 6six QB sacks in 2002 ... An excellent all-around athlete who took third in the 2004 state wrestling championships and also earned all-state honors in track and field ... High school coach - Kelly Donohoe.
Son of Vernon Baston & Angela Childs ... Chose MU over Kansas, among other schools ... Academic interest lies in broadcasting, and MU's School of Journalism was a big draw in his choosing to be a Tiger.