One of the biggest unsung heroes of the Tiger program, who will be back for his fourth year as a long-snapping ace for the special teams units ... Had off-season surgery to repair an injured shoulder that he played with most of the 2010 season, and did not participate in contact drills during the spring ... Will be full go when camp opens in August.
Was once again solid as Mizzou's long snapper, helping the field goal/PAT and punt teams excel ... The Tigers ranked 14th in the NCAA in net punting (39.06 avg.), and PK Grant Ressel made 17-of-19 field goal attempts and 45-of-47 extra-point tries ... Also made one tackle as part of the punt coverage team in the win over San Diego State ... Also showed his athleticism to work his way into the depth chart at tight end, and was in line to see some snaps there most likely, before his shoulder injury limited him to long snapping duties.
Was virtually flawless in his long snapping duties throughout the course of the season, as his accuracy in the clutch helped first-year kicker Grant Ressel set an NCAA single-season kicking accuracy record for combined kicks (Ressel made 26-of-27 field goals and 39-of-39 extra points for a combined accuracy mark of 65-of-66) ... Made a perfect pass from center to holder Forrest Shock to help Ressel boot the game-winner (27 yards out) with no time on the clock to down rival Kansas in a 41-39 thriller in Arrowhead Stadium ... His stellar snaps on the punt team also helped MU rank fourth in the NCAA in team net punting (40.48 avg.) ... For all of his efforts on the special teams units, he was named the team's Special Teams Player of the Year.
True freshman who joined the team as a walk-on and improbably won the long-snapping job for both placekicks and punts in fall camp, despite his collegiate inexperience ... Was virtually perfect in his first year, and was named the team's walk-on player of the year at the annual team awards banquet ... Helped Jeff Wolfert to a perfect 73-for-73 mark on extra point attempts and a 20-for-27 mark on field goal attempts, as Wolfert ended his career as the most accurate kicker in NCAA history for combined field goals and point after attempts ... Made three tackles as part of the punt coverage team.
Attended Kearney High School in Kearney, Missouri, where 2008 Tiger seniors Tommy Saunders and Brock Christopher hailed from ... It was actually Saunders who gets credit for turning Tiger coach Andy Hill onto Brinkley, and after he went to see Brinkley, Hill offered him an invitation to join the team as a preferred walk-on.