Mizzou Has Had Six First-Rounders in Last Five NFL Drafts
2010 SPRING OUTLOOK
A fearless, relentless and physical defender who looks to be a leader of the Tiger defense after becoming a play maker in 2009, when he started all 13 games and ranked 2nd on the team with 80 tackles from the strongside linebacker spot ... Moves over this year to the weakside linebacker spot, where he looks to replace departed All-American and future pro Sean Weatherspoon.
Emerged as a standout for the Tiger defense in his first year as a starter, as he ranked second on the team with 80 tackles for the season ... Started all 13 games at the strongside spot, where he recorded a team-best 3 fumble recoveries and added 3 quarterback sacks on the season ... After being held without a tackle in the season opener against Illinois, averaged 6.7 stops per game in MU's final 12 games as he became a dependable run stopper who was instrumental in Mizzou ranking 26th in the nation against the run (118.62 avg.) ... Made six stops in the home-opening win over Bowling Green ... Was second on the team with seven tackles against Furman ... Also picked up his first career sack in the win over Furman ... Again had a seven-tackle performance against Nevada on Sept. 25, all solo stops ... Had a huge night on national TV in the big game against Nebraska, as he forced one fumble and recovered two fumbles against the Cornhuskers ... Had four tackles against the Huskers, including a sack ... Led the Tigers with nine tackles against Oklahoma State on Oct. 17 ... Made four stops in MU's game with Texas ... Was second on the team with nine tackles against Colorado on Oct. 31 ... Had four tackles against Baylor ... Tied for the team lead with nine stops against Kansas State and led MU with a career-high 10 tackles in a win against Iowa State ... Had seven tackles against Kansas, including one sack, which resulted in a loss of 16 yards.
Was a nice story in 2008, as he came all the way back from major surgery in the off-season where he had a rib removed due to blood clotting issues in his arm and upper body - his football future was in doubt initially, but showed great drive in order to recover and get back in football shape ... Showed solid development in his second year in the program, as he had 28 tackles in 14 games ... Recorded six tackles against Southeast Missouri State on Sept. 6, including one TFL ... Also forced a fumble and had one pass break-up against SEMO ... Had one stop against Nevada before a strained Achilles forced him out of the game ... Made one stop against Buffalo and added two tackles against Nebraska ... Added two more tackles against Oklahoma State and made two stops against Texas ... Had two tackles against Colorado, his fourth-straight two-tackle game ... Made one stop at Baylor and had three tackles in the win over Kansas State ... Made one stop against Iowa State and made three tackles against Kansas ... had two tackles in the Big 12 Championship Game against Oklahoma, and closed by making two stops in the Alamo Bowl win over Northwestern ... Changed his jersey number to 6 before the spring, after wearing 40 his first season.
Showed early on in fall camp that he was ready to contribute as a true freshman, and Tiger coaches played him right away, as he ended with 16 tackles in 14 games ... Focused primarily on special teams, where he used his strength and speed to be an impact player on the kickoff coverage unit ... Starred as part of that unit in the season opener against Illinois, as he registered three tackles, and forced a key fumble just prior to halftime that MU covered and converted into a FG at the gun to stake the Tigers to a 23-6 halftime lead ... Recorded a tackle in all but two games on the season.
A self-proclaimed lifelong Tiger fan who was ranked by Super Prep as the No. 46 overall prospect (any position) in the Midlands region ... Also came in as the nation's No. 33-ranked weakside linebacker prospect, according to Super Prep, who also rated him as the No. 10 overall prospect (any position) in the state of Kansas ... Rated as the No. 12 overall prospect in the state of Kansas by Rivals, despite being hindered by an injured shoulder during the year that limited his statistics ... Played both running back and linebacker as a senior in 2006 ... As a junior in 2005, amassed 83 tackles, with 5 QB sacks, and added 2 interceptions on the year ... Also forced 2 fumbles and returned 1 of his INTs for a score ... High school coach - Scott Wright.
Parents - Tom & Tina Gachkar ... Father is a Mizzou alumnus ... Plans to study engineering at Mizzou ... Chose Mizzou over Michigan, Purdue, Kansas State and Kansas, among others.