Proven veteran who has been a steady force on the offensive line the past three seasons ... With 26 career games, including 12 career starts, will look to provide leadership for a line that is in a rebuilding phase ... Holds the top spot down at the strongside guard position heading into the fall ... Played some center during the spring, but with the development of redshirt freshman Adam Spieker, was able to move back to his natural guard spot ... Athlon Sports tabbed him as a pre-season 3rd-team All-Big 12 selection.
Was a key part of the offensive line that paved the way for a Tiger offensive attack that led the Big 12 and ranked 6th in the nation in rushing, with a per-game average of 237.5 yards per game ... Mizzou rushed for 38 TDs and broke the school single-season scoring record, with 399 pts. (old record was 368 in 1997) ... MU's 3,087 rushing yards ranked as 2nd-highest in school history, trailing only the 1942 (3,230 yds.) squad ... Mizzou had a pair of 1,000-yard rushers (Brad Smith w/1,406 yds. & Zack Abron w/1,155 yds.) in the same season for the 1st time in school history ... MU also led the nation in fewest turnovers (13 in 13 games), a year after leading the country in the same category (12 in 12 games in 2002) ... Was part of a three-man rotation at guard, and started 5 games on the year, including his last one of the year at #19 Kansas State.
Became a regular on the offensive line, playing in all 12 games for the Tigers ... Started the first 7 games of the season at strongside guard ... Was part of a front five that helped pave the way to the 3rd-most prolific offensive output in Mizzou single-season history ... MU's line allowed the fewest sack yards of any team in the Big 12 Conference during the season (94 yards on 21 sacks) ... Earned team co-offensive player of the week honors for his play in game 3 against Troy State.
Saw action in two games.
Redshirt season ... Was a key contributor on the Tigers' offensive scout team.
Three-year starter at Eureka High School ... Tabbed as one of the top five offensive line prospects in the Midwest ... All-state, all-metro, all-district and all-conference selection ... Helped Eureka to conference, district, and sectional championships in 1997 and `98 ... Selected to Eureka High's "Dream Team of the Decade" ... Honor roll student his senior year ... Lettered in basketball and baseball ... Chose Missouri over Illinois.
Son of Ralph III and Joanne Gianino ... Father is a salesman and mother is a secretary ... Older brother, Ralph IV, was a four-year starter at McKendree College ... Played with his brother, Nick, who was the named the Suburban South Conference Player of the Year in 1997 ... High school coach - Art Mueller ... Born April 16, 1982 ... Is majoring in secondary education.
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