2008 SPRING OUTLOOK
Smooth, athletic signal caller who hopes to make a move up the depth chart in his second year in the program ... Draws comparisons to former record-setting Tiger QB Brad Smith, in terms of his ability to provide a balanced run-pass combination ... Enters spring camp listed at No. 3 on the depth chart at quarterback.
Did not see playing time but was a valuable member of the offense throughout the year in practice, and spent the entire season as the team's No. 3 signal caller depth-wise.
Redshirted in his first season in the program, working as part of the practice squad.
Four-year starter at QB who was rated as the No. 24 dual-threat QB in the nation, according to Rivals ... Had a very successful senior season, that saw him compile 1,600 yards and 16 TDs passing, and he added 512 yards and 8 TDs on the ground ... Transferred to Middleton High School for his senior year, and he led the Tigers to a 7-4 record in 2005 and to the 4A quarterfinals ... Played his first three years of ball at Tampa Bay Tech, where he exploded on the scene as a sophomore, when he threw for 1,928 yards and 18 TDs, and ran for 382 yards and 3 TDs ... Missed 5 games due to a foot injury as a junior, but still amassed 1,010 yards passing and 6 TDs, and ran for 212 yards and 2 TDs ... Started his first game late in the year as a freshman at Tampa Bay Tech and had 492 yards passing (3 TDs) and 120 yards rushing (1 TD) ... Also competed in track at Middleton ... High school coach - Harry Hubbard.
Mother - Vicki Grooms ... Chose Mizzou over South Florida, North Carolina State, Clemson, North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Bowling Green, among others ... Primary Mizzou recruiter - Dave Christensen.
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