Proven veteran performer in the trenches who looks to combine with running mate Terrell Resonno to give the Tigers one of the best pairs of defensive tackles in the Big 12 Conference ... Holds down the top spot on the depth chart at the nose tackle position, where he has proved to be a stout defender against the run ... Despite missing half of last season, made enough of an impression to earn pre-season 1st-Team All-Big 12 honors this summer from Athlon ... Sat out spring drills as he continued to rehab from his broken foot, an injury which knocked him out of the last half of the 2010 season ... Will be fully healthy once camp starts up in August ... Is on pace to graduate this December.
Was on his way to a strong season, until he sustained a season-ending injury in game #7 against Oklahoma ... Made three tackles in Missouri's win over Illinois ... Added two stops in the win over McNeese State ... Had a season-high five tackles against San Diego State ... Made four tackles against Miami (Ohio) ... Made three tackles against Colorado, including 1.5 TFLs ... Recorded his first sack of the season against the Buffaloes ... Made three tackles against Texas A&M ... Recorded a half of sack against the Aggies ... Left the game against Oklahoma with a foot injury that ended his season.
Came into his own as a run-stuffing tackle, as he started the final 12 games of the year at the tackle position ... Was a key figure in helping Mizzou control the line of scrimmage enough to rank 26th in the NCAA against the run (118.62 avg.) ... Finished with a career-high 46 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, one quarterback sack, and a safety ... Began the season second on the depth chart, but started the rest of the way after notching two tackles in the opener against Illinois ... Recorded three tackles in each of his first three starts (against Bowling Green, Furman and Nevada) ... Had TFLs against Illinois and Furman ... Made three stops against Oklahoma State and had five tackles against Texas ... Recorded three tackles (all solo) against Colorado ... Was second on the squad with a career-high eight tackles against Baylor ... Also had 1.5 TFLs for a loss of nine yards ... One of his TFLs was a safety in the third quarter ... Matched his career best the following week with eight tackles against Kansas State ... Made two tackles in the win over Iowa State, including a tackle-for-loss ... Had one tackle against Kansas and closed the season with a five-tackle outing in the Texas Bowl against Navy.
Gave solid contributions to the depth of the Tiger defensive line as a redshirt freshman ... Saw action in 13 games on the season, and made 18 tackles in reserve duty ... Also added a pass break up in MU's 31-28 win at Baylor to begin the November stretch run ... Made two tackles, including a TFL against Southeast Missouri State ... Added two stops the following week against Nevada and had one tackle against Buffalo which resulted in a forced fumble ... Made three tackles in back-to-back games (Nebraska and Oklahoma State) ... Had two tackles at Texas ... Made one stop in the Tigers' shutout of Colorado ... Had a pair of tackles against Kansas State.
Redshirted in his first year in the program.
Ranked by Super Prep as the nation's No. 29 defensive tackle prospect, and also as the No. 57 overall prospect (any position) coming out of the state of Texas in 2007 ... Rated as the nation's No. 34 defensive tackle prospect by Rivals, which also ranks him as the No. 62 overall prospect (any position) in the talent-rich state of Texas ... Earned honorable-mention All-State status as a senior in 2006, as well as First-Team All-District honors, after amassing 90 tackles and eight QB sacks on the season ... As a junior in 2005, was a Second-Team All-District performer, as he recorded 70 tackles, including 16 TFLs and four QB sacks ... High school coach - Darren Walker.
Son of Zul-tan Jackson ... Chose Mizzou over Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Colorado and Arizona State, among others.