Veteran defender who looks to contribute at defensive end after battling nagging injuries throughout his career ... Will start spring camp at the No. 2 spot on the depth chart at one end position ... Came to Mizzou as a linebacker, but moved to the line prior to the 2003 season, after bulking up in the Tiger strength program.
Played in 1 game during the season, seeing the field against Ball State in game #3 ... Registered 1 assisted tackle in that outing ... Closed spring practice period in style, as he recorded a team-best 2 sacks for 10 yards in the spring scrimmage.
Did not see action in games as he continued to battle injury problems.
Had hoped to factor into the rotation at linebacker during his redshirt freshman season, but continuous injury problems with an uncooperative shoulder kept him from making contributions.
Spent his first year in the program on the defensive scout team while getting stronger and faster in the Tigers' strength and conditioning program.
One of the standout defensive players in the state of Michigan where he racked up 230 tackles in his career ... A three-time all-league performer who earned honorable mention all-state honors ... Made 127 tackles (72 solo, 55 assists) and recorded six quarterback sacks as a senior ... A big play performer as he intercepted two passes, forced three fumbles and recovered three fumbles ... Ranked as the 29th top player in the state of Michigan by one publication ... Member of the Southfield Student Congress, St. Gerards Parish Youth Group and the Southfield Olgas Kitchen ... Also lettered in wrestling and track ... High school football coach - David Reease.
Pursuing a degree in business management ... Son of Stanley and L. Joy Childress, both of whom are teachers ... Born Feb. 25, 1983.