2006 Team Rigman Outstanding Underclassman Leadership Award
Spring 2006 Team Most Improved Defensive Lineman
2008 OUTLOOK Gamechanging playmaker on the defensive interior who is a physical specimen ... Will be looked at as a leader during his senior season ... Has the physical ability and tough mentality to challenge for all-Big 12 honors, and with good fortune on the health front, MU coaches expect him to do just that in 2008 ... Is also on the Outland Trophy Pre-Season Watch List, so he's drawn some national notice, as well ... Has taken off in the Tiger strength program, as he's worked hard to add 40-45 pounds to his frame since he first set foot on MU's campus ... First name is Evander, but is known by most everyone (friends and family included) as Ziggy - a nickname given to him by his grandmother as a child.
2007 SEASON Won honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from both league media and coaches for his play, which included career-best numbers in every major category ... Ended the year with 49 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 4 QB hurries and 3 forced fumbles ... Ended the year strongly with a 6-tackle, 1.5 sack game in MU's win over Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl that Coach Gary Pinkel labeled as his best game in a Tiger uniform ... Had a huge opener against Illinois, recording five tackles in all, including 1.5 QB sacks ... Also added two forced fumbles and one QB pressure against the Illini ... Had two tackles (one solo and one assist) and had a QB hurry against Ole Miss ... Made seven tackles, including one TFL against Western Michigan ... Picked up his first-career fumble recovery in the second quarter against WMU ... Had a great game against Nebraska, batting down two passes at the line of scrimmage, while recording three total tackles ... Made seven tackles against Iowa State and recordeda sack ... Made two stops against Texas A&M and had another pair of tackles against Kansas State ... Recorded three stops against Kansas and also had a pass break up, his fifth of the year ...Made three stops, including one TFL, against Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship.
2006 SEASON Had his true sophomore season derailed somewhat by a broken foot in the 3rd game of the season, but he returned to play in the final 7 games, playing at not quite 100 percent health ... Opened his sophomore season on a tear, recording 13 tackles, 3 sacks and 4 TFLs in the season's first 3 games, before breaking a foot in game 3 at New Mexico ... Had surgery on Sept. 18th to insert a screw, and returned to action against Texas A&M on Oct. 14, missing just 3 games, amazingly enough ... Saw action for 20 snaps at A&M and had 1 tackle in his return ... Had a career-high 36 total tackles, and ended the regular season with a 2-tackle outing against Kansas that included 1 QB sack that forced a fumble which was recovered by Mizzou inside the KU 20-yardline in the 4th quarter ... The Tiger offense converted with a TD to effectively put the game away ... Had 3 stops, and 1 pass broken up, in the Sun Bowl against Oregon State ... Was named the winner of the team's Rigman Outstanding Underclassman Leadership Award ... Had 4 stops vs. K-State ... Returned to the starting lineup against Oklahoma, recording 5 total tackles ... Had 5 stops against Nebraska and made 3 stops in Iowa State game ... Recorded 1.5 sacks in each game against Murray State and Ole Miss, and had a career-best 6 total tackles vs. the Rebels ... Was leading the team through 3 games with his 3 sacks before his injury, and still ranked 4th on the club ... Saw action in 10 games overall, including 7 starts.
2005 SEASON True freshman who came in and impressed from day one, and earned playing time despite his youth and inexperience ... Saw action in all 12 games, registering 23 total tackles, including 2.5 TFLs (10 yards) and 1.5 QB sacks (9 yards) ... Was credited with 2 tackles in Mizzou's Independence Bowl win over South Carolina, with both of them coming in the 4th quarter ... The latter of the two was a huge stop on a 3rd-and-8 play from the MU 15-yardline that went for only 2 yards and forced USC to try a field goal that kept the score tied at 31 apiece ... Had at least 2 tackles each in 8 straight games, from game #3 against Troy, through game #10 against Baylor, in which he recorded a season-best 5 tackles, and 1.5 QB sacks ... Had 3 tackles at Colorado, and added 1 QB hurry ... Notched 2 tackles against Nebraska, including his first collegiate tackle for loss.
HIGH SCHOOL Highly-regarded athlete who excelled on defense and also played tight end for Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, Texas ... Ranked as the No. 35 weakside defensive end in the nation, according to the experts at Rivals.com ... Was named district 3-4A defensive player of the year as a senior, when he registered 93 tackles and 13 QB sacks ... Also scored 3 defensive TDs on the year and recovered 3 fumbles ... Earned all-district honors each of his last two years ... Had 76 stops as a junior, including 5 QB sacks and also returned 1 interception for a TD ... Threw the shot and discus for his school's track team ... High school coach - Steve Parr.
PERSONAL Son of Charles Hood & Mary Payne ... Chose MU over Arizona State, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas-El Paso and Baylor, among others ... Lists hobbies as fishing, video games and lifting weights ... Solid student who was a member of national honor society ... Academic interest lies in biology.
HOOD CAREER STATISTICS
HOOD CAREER HIGHS Tackles: 6, vs. Ole Miss, 2006 Solo Tackles: 5, vs. Ole Miss, 2006 Assisted Tackles: 3, vs. Baylor, 2005 Tackles For Loss: 2.5, vs. Murray State, 2006 Sacks: 1.5, 3 Times