Defense Reclaims Black Jerseys, Takes 4-3 Camp Lead
Plenty of Big Plays on Both Sides of the Ball Saturday
Offense Claims Win Indoors to Tie Camp Score at 1-1
Tigers Start Spring Camp Tuesday
Defense Claims 16-12 Win at Faurot Field
Emerging linebacker who will look to challenge for playing time at the weakside position ... He'll begin 2014 spring camp listed at No. 2 on the depth chart there behind veteran Darvin Ruise ... Wears #25 in honor of former Tiger Aaron O'Neal, a linebacker from the same Parkway North High School in St. Louis, who passed away in July of 2005 after a voluntary workout ... Newsom will wear #25 throughout his Tiger career, and will then pass it along to another linebacker.
Made solid contributions on special teams as a redshirt freshman ... Picked up playing time in 10 games on the year, while recording five tackles (four solo) ... Four of the stops came on kickoff coverage, which ranked him third on the team there ... One of his stops came in Mizzou's Cotton Bowl win over Oklahoma State.
ESPN rated him as the No. 6 overall prospect at any position in the state of Missouri, while also touting him as the No. 12 inside linebacker prospect in the nation ... Rivals listed him as the No. 7 overall prospect at any position in the state of Missouri for 2012 ... served as team captain during his senior season as a standout on both sides of the ball for Parkway North ... ran for 280 yards and four touchdowns as a senior, and on defense ran one interception back 102 yards for a touchdown to set a school record for longest interception return ... was his team's MVP as a junior when he made 62 tackles and had five sacks and two interceptions on defense, while he rushed for 396 yards and 10 touchdowns, and added 153 yards receiving ... was selected to play in the Offense-Defense All-America Game in December at Cowboys Stadium ... also was a three-year letterman in basketball, winning All-Conference recognition as a junior ... high school coach - Bob Bunton.
Parents - Robert & Judy Newsom ... lists hobbies as drawing and playing basketball ... chose Mizzou over Nebraska, Wisconsin, Kansas State, Tennessee, Iowa, Wake Forest, Indiana, Minnesota, and Illinois, among others.
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