Mizzou got better instantly when it learned in the off-season that Ebner was awarded an extra year of eligibility, after he missed all but one game in 2011 due to various injuries ... Is healthy and ready to go for his last year in a Tiger uniform, and he will combine with fellow LB Andrew Wilson as a hard-hitting duo ... Lines up at the middle linebacker spot, where he is atop the depth chart heading into fall ball.
Scheduled to be top middle linebacker on the team, but suffered a concussion in the season opener against Miami (Ohio) and was held out long enough that it was decided to shut it down for the year...
Had a tough bout with the injury bug most of the season, but he played through it to give solid contributions to Mizzou's much-improved defense ... Missed a pair of games due to a neck strain, and played the entire season less than 100 percent due to a foot injury that he chose to delay surgery on until after the season ... Ended with 47 tackles on the season, with one forced fumble and one tackle for loss while making eight starts overall ... Was as close to 100 percent for the Insight Bowl against Iowa as any point in the season, and he responded by making a season-high 9 tackles versus the Hawkeyes ... After not playing in the first two games of the season, he had a team-high nine tackles against San Diego State ... Made four tackles against Miami (Ohio) and also forced a fumble in that game ... Had a pair of stops in the win over Texas A&M ... Tied for the team lead with seven tackles against Oklahoma, including one TFL ... Collected six tackles against Nebraska ... Also had one pass break-up against the Cornhuskers ... Made four tackles vs. Texas Tech ... Did not play against Kansas State or Iowa State due to a neck strain ... Returned to the field against Kansas, making six tackles in the win over the Jayhawks.
Emerged as a high-level Big 12 linebacker, as he came on strong toward the end of the year and was named by the Associated Press to the Honorable Mention All-Big 12 team, thanks to his season which included 78 tackles (third-best on the Tiger squad), 9.5 tackles for loss (49 yards) and 3.5 QB sacks (33 yards) ... Furthered his reputation as one of the tougher players on the team when he returned to take the field against Texas on Oct. 24, less than two weeks from having arthroscopic surgery done on a knee that he injured in an Oct. 8 game against Nebraska ... After sitting out the Oct. 17 game at Oklahoma State, he came back against the Longhorns to record seven tackles and a tackle for loss in the game ... Tied for second on the team with seven tackles in the season opener against Illinois ... Had one tackle for loss against the Illini ... Made four stops against Bowling Green, three of which were solo tackles ... Set a career best with a game-high nine tackles against Furman ... Matched that with nine stops against Nevada in his first career start, eight of which were solos ... Had two TFL's and one sack in the win over Nevada ... Made two tackles, including one TFL against Nebraska ... Left the game against the Cornhuskers with a knee injury and did not play against Oklahoma State ... Entered the starting lineup for the duration of the season at Colorado, when he made four tackles, including one sack which went for a loss of 13 yards ... Also forced a fumble on that sack, which was recovered by MU inside the CU 5-yardline ... Tied for second on the team with eight tackles against Baylor, including one TFL ... Made six tackles against Kansas State on Nov. 14 ... Also recovered a fumble against KSU ... Made three tackles, including his third sack of the year against Iowa State ... Was second on the squad with 10 tackles against Kansas to close the regular season, and ended the year with a nine-tackle outing in the Texas Bowl playing in his hometown of Houston ... Had a labrum tear repaired in his right shoulder during the off-season, which was thought might limit him somewhat during spring ball, but he played through it very well and was named the team's Most Improved Linebacker Award winner for his efforts during spring camp.
Had an outstanding true freshman season as he quickly established himself as one of the hardest hitters on the team ... Saw action in all 14 games, and totaled 21 tackles, three tackles for loss and one quarterback hurry ... Was a standout on Tiger special teams coverage units, as he made some ferocious hits throughout the year as a gunner ... Won the team's weekly Hammer Award for his three big hits during the Tigers' 69-17 win over Nevada ... Had 10 tackles on kickoff coverage (fourth-best on team), while getting two stops on punt coverage duties (second-best on team) ... Also blocked a punt against Kansas State in the second quarter that set up a Tiger touchdown on the very next snap that made it 17-0 ... Had a career-best seven tackles against Southeast Missouri State, with two of the stops being for loss ... Followed with a five-tackle outing the next game against Nevada, including a TFL that went for 14 yards ... Had two tackles each in games against Illinois, Nebraska and Iowa State ... Might not have been the most heralded recruit in the 2008 signing class, but he quickly made it evident in fall camp that he was ready to contribute as a true freshman, as he was one of the first rookies designated by Tiger coaches as not needing a redshirt.
Ranked as the nation's No. 29 middle linebacker prospect, according to Scout.com, while rating as the No. 39 inside linebacker in the nation, according to Rivals ... Named an all-midwest region linebacker by PrepStar ... Had a tremendous senior season at linebacker, and also played running back ... Grew up playing quarterback primarily, and credits his time there to helping his pre-snap reads on defense ... Named Second-Team All-State and District 23-4A Defensive Player of the Year in 2007 after registering 134 tackles, including 25 tackles for loss, while grabbing three INTs and blocking two field goals ... Other honors in 2007 included being named the district and county defensive MVP, and was also named to the Greater Houston Area First-Team, while being a finalist for the Touchdown Club of Greater Houston Area Defensive Player of the Year ... Was also a First-Team All-District punter, while earning honorable mention Academic All-State acclaim for his work in the classroom ... Lost all but one game of his junior season to a knee injury that kept him out of action ... Had 115 tackles as a sophomore, while earning district newcomer of the year honors, as well as county sophomore of the year ... Three-year letterwinner in both the sports of football and track and field ... Was a district champion in the discus in 2007, and also finished second in his regional, while qualifying for the state championships ... Took third in the discus and was a regional qualifier in 2006 ... High school coach - Steve Van Meter.
Parents - Tommy & Elaine Ebner ... Older brother Jake played tight end at the University of Houston, where their father Tommy also played college ball ... Majoring in finance and banking in Mizzou's esteemed School of Business ... A National Honor Society member who also is involved in Young Life, as well as Peer Assistance Leadership Society ... Chose Mizzou over Northwestern, Houston and UAB, among others.