2011 Spring Team Most Improved Special Teams Player Award
Sure-handed receiver who has shown an ability to fearlessly go over the middle and make tough catches in traffic ... Is listed No. 2 on the depth chart at the Z-receiver spot heading into fall camp, and he'll also be the top candidate to take over the primary holding duties for place kicks ... Closed out the spring by catching a touchdown pass from James Franklin (from one yard out) in the Black & Gold Game ... Had 3 catches for 15 yards overall in the scrimmage ... Excelled during spring ball enough as a holder to win the team's most improved special teams player award during camp ... Is on pace to graduate from Mizzou this December.
Averaged a solid 17.1 yards per reception in his most extensive playing time of his career ... That average was good for 2nd-best among Tiger receivers, and he ended with career highs in receptions (7) and yardage (120), while playing in all 13 games during the year ... First catch of the season went for 12 yards in the opener against Illinois ... Had a 28-yard reception against San Diego State and made a 27-yard grab in the Miami (Ohio) game ... The catch vs. San Diego State was the longest of his career ... Had one reception for 20 yards against Texas A&M ... Made one grab against Oklahoma (nine yards) ... Had a 14-yard catch vs. Nebraska ... Also grabbed a pass for 10 yards in Mizzou's 2010 Insight Bowl contest against Iowa.
Played in all 13 games for the Tigers and started once, earning his first career start in Arrowhead Stadium against rival Kansas ... Caught two passes on the year ... First catch was a five-yard reception against Furman on Sept. 19 ... Had a 14-yard grab against Nevada to contribute to a big Tiger road win ... Also returned three punts for a total of 22 yards, including an 11-yarder against Baylor ... Was impressive enough during spring drills to be awarded a scholarship for his efforts and talent.
Saw his first collegiate action, logging snaps in four games during the season ... Won the team's Offensive Back-Up Player of the Week award for his work in practice leading up to the season-opening win over Illinois.
Joined the team as a walk-on and was a solid contributor all throughout the year in practice.
Two-sport standout at Rock Bridge High School, lettering three years each in football and baseball ... Was an all-district and all-area performer as a wide receiver, and set the school record for most career receiving yards ... High school coach - A.J. Ofodile, a former Mizzou standout tight end.
Parents - John & Stacy Gerau ... Has plans to own his own business after his playing days are done.