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Brad Ekwerekwu 86
Brad Ekwerekwu

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Arlington, Texas

High School:
Arlington

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 215

Position:
Wide Receiver

Experience:
3L


09/09/2006

Mizzou Football vs. Ole Miss

Sept. 9, 2006 Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field

  • 2006 Team Captain
  • 2006 Team Scholar-Athlete of the Year
  • 2006 Team Tiger Performance Athlete of the Year
  • 2005 2nd-Team Academic All-Big 12
  • Spring 2005 Team Most Improved Wide Receiver
  • 2004 1st-Team Academic All-Big 12

2006 SEASON
Silky-smooth, long-striding wideout with deceptive speed and good hands who is a 3-year starter and proven performer ... Moved to the H-receiver spot this season after spending most of the 2005 campaign at the Z-receiver position ... Has also continued his stellar performance of holding for placekicks, something he excelled at last season ... Senior wideout who is a team captain and the most experienced WR on the squad with 34 career starts ... Needs just 5 catches and 44 yards to reach 100 catches and 1,000 yards for his career ... Has caught at least 1 pass in 9-of-12 games, and has 7 multiple reception games ... Recorded TD grabs in each of the year's first 2 games against Murray State and Ole Miss ... His 95 yards on 8 grabs vs. the Rebels were career highs ... His 11.7 yards per catch average is 2nd on the team among those with at least 20 receptions ... Had 4 grabs against Oklahoma for 47 yards and has had at least 4 receptions in 4 games this season ... Closed the regular season by grabbing 2 passes for 47 yards against Kansas, and also had a 76-yard TD catch-and-run negated by a silly personal foul that took place 20 yards behind the play after it was already broken for the distance ... Has rushed 8 times for 17 yards on the season ... Is a versatile talent who has scored TDs via receiving, rushing and passing in his career ... Is an outstanding student who was named the team's scholar-athlete of the year, and also took home the team's Tiger performance athlete of the year award, which comes from the strength and conditioning coaches ... Last name is pronounced ECK-whir-ECK-woo, but many in the program call him "Eck."

2005 SEASON
Enjoyed his most productive season to date at the Z-receiver spot after lining up at the X-receiver position the previous two years ... Also served the invaluable role of the holder for placekicks, and was superb at that job ... Had career high numbers in most categories, excelling in MU's spread offense, as he caught, ran and threw for a TD ... Caught 32 passes for 282 yards and a team-best 4 TDs ... Also ran the ball 7 times, and had just 4 net yards, but had 1 TD - a key 13-yarder in the 4th-quarter at OSU that proved to be the winning points in MU's 38-31 win ... Also threw for his 1st collegiate TD in that same game, as he connected with WR Sean Coffey from 30 yards out just before halftime on a WR option pass ... Caught 3 passes for 29 yards against South Carolina in the Tigers' come-from-behind bowl win, and was 1-of-2 passing for 13 yards, with the connection going to TE Martin Rucker on a 3rd-quarter fake field goal that set MU up at the USC 1-yardline ... Opened the year by grabbing a career-high 8 passes (31 yards) and his 1st 2 collegiate TDs against Arkansas State ... Other TDs came against Troy (10 yards) and in the regular-season finale at Kansas State (19 yards) ... Had a string of 25 consecutive regular season games with at least 1 reception broken at Colorado, when he was shut out ... After that, caught 3 passes in each of MU's last 3 games against Baylor (27 yards), Kansas State (31 yards) and in the Independence Bowl win over South Carolina (29 yards) ... Helped get MU off to a rousing start in its 41-24 win over Nebraska, as he caught a 50-yard pass from QB Brad Smith on the game's opening possession that helped set up Mizzou's first score ... That marked the longest pass play for Mizzou for the season ... Also played some coverage on special teams, and had 2 tackles on the year ... An outstanding student who was named 2nd-Team Academic All-Big 12 in 2005.

2004 SEASON
Doubled his catch total from a year ago, and was a solid contributor throughout the year, starting all 11 games at the X-receiver spot ... Caught a career-best 22 balls for 195 yards, good for an average of 8.9 yards per catch ... Had the 4th-most catches on the team, and his yardage total was 5th-best on the squad ... Caught at least 1 pass in each game, and had a single-game high of 4 catches for 27 yards at Texas ... Had a 35-yarder against Kansas State, which represented a season-long grab ... 12 of his 22 catches on the season went for a first down, and he proved to be the team's top 3rd-down receiver, with a team-best 8 catches on 3rd down that went for 1st downs ... Was successful in the classroom, as well, as he was named 1st-Team Academic All-Big 12 ... Had a solid spring that saw him earn the top spot at the X-receiver position ... Caught 2 passes for 17 yards in the spring scrimmage.

2003 SEASON
True freshman receiver who had his redshirt burned in game No. 5 at Kansas, as Tiger coaches felt he was making enough plays in practice to warrant game opportunities ... Had 11 catches for 128 yards on the year, including catches in each of his last 6 regular-season games ... His 11.6 yards per catch averaged ranked 2nd-best on the team ... Was one of only 2 true freshmen to play in 2003 (DE Xzavie Jackson was the other) ... Played in 9 games and made his first career start against Arkansas in the 2003 Independence Bowl ... Had his best game at then-No. 1 Oklahoma, catching the first passes of his career, and ended the night with 2 catches for 66 yards, including a 40-yarder that saw him sneak behind the OU secondary before getting tracked down ... Also caught 2 balls in games vs. Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Kansas State and Iowa State ... Made a big play for Mizzou against Nebraska, as he took a reverse on a kickoff return and returned it 31 yards late in the 3rdquarter to set MU up at its 42 yardline ... MU went on to score a TD on the ensuing drive to cut the deficit to 24-21, and would go on to an historic 41-24 win over the 10th-ranked Huskers, MU's first over Nebraska since 1978.

HIGH SCHOOL
Top-40 national defensive back, according to Rivals.com rankings ... Starred on both sides of the ball at Arlington High, where he was a 1st-team all-district wide receiver in 2002 ... Caught 31 passes as a senior for 574 yards and 5 TDs ... Also was a standout safety, where he had 4 interceptions as a senior ... Junior season numbers included 94 tackles and 5 interceptions while he caught 2 passes on offense for 37 yards ... Earned honorable mention all-district honors as a junior ... Also lettered in basketball and track.

PERSONAL
High school coach - Mickey Finley ... Son of Ejoor Ekwerekwu & Robin Lake ... Is majoring in finance and banking at Mizzou ... Member of National Honor Society ... Chose MU over Kansas State, Colorado, Iowa, Georgia Tech and Northwestern, among others.

EKWEREKWU CAREER STATISTICS
G-GS Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Long Rush-Yds TD
2003 9-1 11 128 11.6 0 40 0-0 0
2004 11-11 22 195 8.9 0 35 0-0 0
2005 12-12 32 282 8.8 4 50 7-4 1
2006 12-10 30 351 11.7 2 28 8-17 0
Totals 44-34 95 956 10.1 6 50 15-21 1